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Join us on March 7 and 8th for a very special event to celebrate and support BayKids and the kids who fight so hard to heal from their illnesses.

  • Exquisite Hollywood movie-themed tables
  • A fiercely competitive contest for best Table Adaption
  • An auction with some unique experiences
  • Emcee Hooman from Alice @97.3
  • A fun preview cocktail party on the 7th so that your family and friends can see all your hard work!


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The BayKids 13th annual red carpet Premiere featured young filmmakers Danica, Tyler, Victoria, Isaiah, Alex and Aidan and their inspirational films. The event was made extra special by the passionate contributions of the BayKids family. Our film industry colleagues from Lucasfilm, Pixar and Dolby presented awards and Richard Gould from Skywalker Sound gave a fascinating talk on sound production. Hooman Khalili from Alice @97.3 emceeed the event with heart-felt enthusiasm. Dolby and Pixar volunteers ensured that everything ran smoothly. The stars and their moms and siblings got pampered by Maria Lee Hair and Make Up, Phillipa Shendoa, and friends. The audience and filmmakers gathered afterwards at a lovely reception at Sessions. A truly memorable event.

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You are invited to the 2016 BayKids Studios Premiere

Join us in the Presidio on Sunday 10/16/16 @2pm

RSVP is required for this very special event hosted by the BayKids Board of Directors. RSVP here

There is something for everyone at the free and fabulous Premiere:

  • Keynote speaker from Skywalker Sound
  • Entertaining Short Films
  • Inspirational Young Filmmakers
  • Emcee Hooman Khalili from Alice@97.3
  • Exploration of science and medicine
  • The joy of providing a nurturing community for budding filmmakers

The Premiere features a few of the many young filmmakers who have benefited from the healing power of filmmaking through BayKids Studios.
After the honor of having their films screened in the exclusive and state of the art Premier Theater, BayKids celebrated young filmmakers are invited on stage to speak when they accept their Star Filmmaker awards.

It’s educational, informative, and always inspiring.

Join Us!

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Hollywood glamour came to downtown San Francisco at the Women in Motion fundraising luncheon! Local celebrities, passionate socialites, costumes to die for, and movie-themed decorated tables that could have come right out of a Hollywood set … all to celebrate and support BayKids and the kids who fight so hard to heal from their illnesses.
BayKids youth filmmakers Victoria, Eve, Danica, and Kenna told their profoundly moving stories about how filmmaking helped them cope with their illnesses.

A special thanks to co-chairs Suzy Lester and Alison Caron, emcees Hooman and Marcus from Alice@97.3 , all our table decorators, and every single person who came out to support BayKids vital work helping children heal through the power of filmmaking. Bravo!

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It was a magical evening at Pixar Animation Studios – great food and wine, a tour of Pixar,and an advance viewing of the spectacularly beautiful The Good Dinosaur. After the screening, the audience was treated to an inside look at the making of the film in a Q&A with some of the filmmakers.

Thanks to all the superheroes who helped make it a success–Filmmakers Rej Bourdages and Kevin O’Hara, youth filmmaker Mailyna, our MC Hooman Khalili, and most especially, Pixar Studios.

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BayKids Studio’s 12th annual Premiere was held at Lucasfilm and it was pure magic.

What made the red carpet event so special? Our courageous BayKids stars and their inspirational films, Lucas’s stunning theatre, celebrated story artist Rej Bourdages’ talk about the power of story, and children’s author/Illustrator Elisa Kleven’s touching tribute to one of our young stars.

Huge thanks to Lucasfilm, SenSpa, St Clair’s Catering, Rej Bourdages, Elisa Kleven, Alison Fisker, Safeway Foundation, Belle by Marine, Maria Lee Make-up and Hair, Maria McCandess, and Liz Fanlo…for making this an exceptional event.

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It was an honor for BayKids to have 40 dynamic Dolby employees, led by Chief Marketing Officer Bob Borchers, roll up their sleeves to work on some of our projects – design, marketing, social media, editing, strategy, and many others. Big thanks to all the superheroes who made this fun and valuable day happen: Film Advisor Greg Ammen, Joan Scott, Joy Nestor, Jo-Ann Dornenburg and the whole Dolby crew of volunteers. What a talented and dedicated group.

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Thank you Apple! Our BayKids stars were inspired and can’t wait to use all they learned from you to help with their filmmaking.
Special thanks to Luke, Steve, Joe and John for their engaging presentations. More big huge thanks to Luke, Joanne, Michael and Doug for their VIP treatment of Danica and her family during their exclusive BayKids film shoot at Apple.