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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - A seven minute film from the Little Rock 48 Hour Film Project, dedicated to the Little Rock Fire Department, won an international contest Tuesday and is headed to Hollywood.

"Fire Engine Red," by Whiffle Powder Films, originally came in second place at Little Rock's edition of the 48 Hour Film Project. Filmmakers Michael Armstrong of Little Rock and Jim Patterson of El Dorado were contacted by the contest's organizers and invited to compete against 114 other runners-up in their online Second Chance competition.

After 48 days of voting, the 48-Hour Film Project officially announced "Fire Engine Red" had won the Second Chance competition and was headed to Hollywood to be screened along with all of the local contest winners, including Little Rock's "La Petite Mort" by BrickHut Productions, March 7-10.

"We are so excited and grateful for all the support we've received from friends and strangers alike during this competition," Armstrong said. "We were competing against great films from major cities like Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, and Shanghai, so we very much thought of ourselves as the underdog."

The film stars 10-year-old Aidan Billy of Conway. The film tells the story of a toy fire engine at Christmas and through the years after via a rhyming poem told from the toy's perspective. The Whiffle Powder team conceived, wrote, cast, shot, edited, scored and rendered the film in less than 48 hours, as the contest's title suggests.

Click here to watch "Fire Engine Red" on YouTube. Click here to visit the film's Facebook page.