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Last edited on: November 19, 2014.

Actor and teen icon Nathan Kress (iCarly, Into the Storm) is set to take the stage at the Aratani Japanese Theater as a Presenter for the 12th Annual 168 Film Festival. But, first, the “tween” heartthrob will walk the red carpet with youth, ages 5-15, at the first ever 168KIDS! event.

Hosted by 168 Film as part of this year’s special festival programming, 168KIDS! is a fun family event designed to transform young people into VIPs for a day. Featuring kid-friendly films, food, games and a special red carpet walk, the event takes place Saturday, September 13, $5 per person at the Aratani Japanese Theater in Downtown L.A.

A younger Nathan Kress on the set of “iCarly”; Photo Courtesy of Nickelodeon.

The highlight of the event occurs as Kress and a host of young stars hit the red carpet for photo opportunities with local kids!

Also scheduled to participate are celebs including Carmina Garay (React To That), Nay Nay Kirby (Who’s Watching the Kids), Noah Dahl (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Mandalynn Carlson (Machine Gun Preacher), Kiana Lyz Rivera (Immigrant) and Tara-Nicole Azarian (It’s Supernatural).

Kress is known for his lead role as Freddie Benson on Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly. He also co-stars in this summer’s tornado thriller Into the Storm.

Kress’ involvement with 168 Film has an ironic history. His career got an early boost when he appeared in the 168 Film short, Bag by Kathy and James Choiniere.

Young Nathan Kress and Kathy Choiniere at an awards show for “Bag”; Photo Courtesy of Excellent Journey Pictures.

Though he didn’t win for Best Supporting Actor, the Jury was so impressed with the then 14-year-old that Kress received an unprecedented “Honorable Mention” Jury Award for his role in the film. Nickelodeon’s iCarly followed shortly thereafter.

Kress doesn’t take his success or his popularity with young people lightly. According to him, “Every day, I hear from kids all over the world that look up to me and respect me for the way I live my life. And that’s a phenomenal burden that can ONLY be carried by walking hand in hand with God,” says Kress.

Kelsey Scott at the red carpet premiere of “12 Years a Slave”; Photo Courtesy of Zimbio.

As a Presenter at the 168 Film Festival Awards Show, Kress joins an already all-star line-up; including four-time Emmy Winner Michael Learned (The Waltons); Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave); this year’s Host, comedian Kerri Pomarolli (The Tonight Show, Lifetime); Vincent Irizarry (All My Children); twice Emmy nominated actor Max Gail (Psych); Writer, Director Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer); Melissa Biggs (Baywatch); Allie McCulloch (Finding Amanda); Kim Estes (NCIS, Law & Order: L.A.); Melissa Disney (Superman: Unbound); and Bryan E. Miller (American Idol, Dancing With the Stars.)

The awards show takes place Saturday, September 13, at the Aratani Japanese Theater in Downtown L.A., located at 244 S. San Pedro Street. (Red Carpet, 5:30pm-7pm; Awards Show: 7:30pm-9pm.)

The special kids event takes place during the 12th Annual 168 Film Festival, an international celebration of faith in film.



For the full event schedule or more information, visit today!

Don’t miss SCH’s coverage of the 168 Film Festival:

Gear up for the event and catch the 168 Film Festival 2014 – Official Trailer

Get the latest festival news and read Four-Time Emmy Winner Michael Learned Among the Star-Studded Line Up of 168 Film Festival


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