In February 2012 Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria in conjunction with members of Victoria’s Community Centre Network (CCN) launched a film festival contest designed to engage local youth and teens in educating their peers and the wider community about the negative impact of bullying. Due to the tremendous success of this event and support from local organizations and community partners, the CCN decided to make this into an annual event. 2015 marks Victoria’s fourth annual Youth United Anti-Bullying Film Festival.
Participants below the age of 19 are tasked with creating and submitting a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) that can creatively and impactfully convey their anti-bullying message. CCN then reviews and prepares these PSAs to be screened at the anti-bullying film festival event. There will be a panel of judges comprised of local public figures, and they will help select three grand prize winners. Past years have seen the overall winner’s PSA broadcasted live on CTV.
This year the event will take place on national Anti-Bullying Day on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at l’école Victor-Brodeur at 637 Head Street.