AnnaLynne McCord Hosts First-Ever Catdance Film Festival

Celebrity News Jan. 18, 2013 AT 8:30PM
AnnaLynne McCord Hosts First-Ever Catdance Film Festival

Cat videos are hitting the big time! This year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, will include the debut of several high-profile flicks, with A-list stars including Demi Moore, Ethan Hawke, Amy Poehler, and Dakota Fanning. It will also feature, for the first time ever, a festival within the festival devoted entirely to everyone's secret Internet obsession: cute cats.

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90210 actress and longtime cat lover AnnaLynne McCord is hosting the feline-friendly festival, appropriately named "Catdance," on Jan. 19. She'll introduce five original cat-inspired films, one of which will be the winner of a $10,000 prize from Fresh Step. She'll also debut a limited-edition cat-inspired hat to benefit the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

"Initially I got involved because I was hoping to snag a lifetime supply of cat litter -- that stuff is expensive!" McCord joked to Us Weekly. "But seriously, I'm an adoring mother of one very fat, furry, happy rescue kitty, and I have mothered multiple others throughout my life."

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More than she can count off the top of her head, in fact. "I've had so many," she told Us. "They've all been strays, and I am happy to love them as long as I'm blessed with their presence. I've lost some to cancer, others to old age, but that's the thing about cats -- you never stop loving them, because they're so unconditional, and once you gain their trust, they never stop loving you."

These days, the 25-year-old actress has her hands full with one cat in particular -- an orange-and-white kitten named Christopher Buni. She's also busy filming the last few episodes of 90210, and she recently returned from a trip to Cambodia to visit the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to combat sexual slavery around the world.

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"It was one of the most remarkable trips I've had there," she told Us of the holiday visit. "[The girls I work with] are all survivors who have gone through...an extensive rehabilitation and education program and are now working as staff to fight human trafficking. They are truly incredible women...so basically I spent my holiday with all of my heroes. I can't think of anything greater!"

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