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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Lake Stevens kid starts and hosts first Kid Film Fest in Everett

 

Red carpets were rolling in Everett on February 21 at the first annual Kid Film Fest, an event started and hosted by Lake Stevens nine-year-old Aven Woodard, a student at Lake Stevens School District's Homelink.

There were professional photographers and filmmakers from L.A. as the kids walked along the red carpet which helped to make the event even more special for the young kids involved.

The event honored 40 child filmmakers and included celebrity guest appearances from Lake Stevens own Chris Pratt, from the television show Parks and Recreation and the voice of Emmet in the new LEGO movie in theaters now.

Pratt visited via video from his trailer while on location and encouraged the kids to always follow their dreams.

Woodard was introduced to the audience by Obi-Wan Kenobi and celebrity voice actor James Arnold Taylor introduced film segments using his famous voice as Batman, Spiderman and even Jack Sparrow.

Woodard entered a contest promoted by Kix cereal and was chosen to receive the seed money needed for this red carpet event.

The kids' films ranged from cartoons, live action, horror and comedy. The 40 short films were shown to the audience who seemed to enjoy them immensely.

Fifteen kids were honored for their films that evening.

"The best part of the film festival was seeing the kids excitement on their faces as their film showed on the big screen and beaming with pride as the crowd ooh'd an awe'd with each minute of the film. The kids were given the rock-star treatment they deserved," the Kid Film Fest website said.

The kids' videos were uploaded to either YouTube or Vimeo for judging and needed to be at least 30 seconds in length and no longer than 30 minutes. The videos were judged by a panel of kids as well.

 

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