Film festival encourages youth in Victoria to get creative with an anti-bullying message

Youth groups at each of the eight Victoria centres are invited to make a 30-second PSA that creatively conveys an anti-bullying message

Victoria’s Community Centre Network is launching a new film contest designed to address the serious issue of bullying.

Youth groups at each of the eight Victoria centres are invited to make a 30-second PSA that creatively conveys an anti-bullying message. All entries will be screened at a film festival event on Feb. 24 and reviewed by a panel which will include local media personalities. The winning PSA will be aired on CTV to help raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Day, Feb. 29.

“Our Community Centre Network works together to create shared initiatives, events and programs for local youth,” said Ryan Lance, child and youth recreation programmer for the City of Victoria and spokesperson for the contest.

“The suggestion to organize an anti-bullying film festival was put forth by one of our committee members in November, and since then we’ve received tremendous support from local businesses and media.”

In last year’s Victoria’s Youth Vital Signs, young people said they want to see the community working to reduce all forms of bullying with more education.

The film contest engages local teens in educating their peers and the wider community about the negative impact of bullying and gives them a chance to see their film on TV or win other prizes.

“It’s clear that bullying is an important issue and we want to give youth a chance to express and share their feelings on the topic” said Lance.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 22. Youth can enter through their local community centre. Go to www.bgcvic.org/stopbullying for more details.

 

Participating centres:

James Bay Community School Centre; Fairfield Gonzales Community Association; Oaklands Community Centre; Blanshard Community Centre; Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria; Burnside Gorge Community Association; Victoria West Community Association; Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group