Has gun violence impacted your community?
Do you have ideas of how we can prevent and reduce gun violence?

Show us in a 3-minute video and you could win a $1000 scholarship!

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the Violence Policy Center are announcing the second annual Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship Video Contest. High school students in Los Angeles County are invited to submit films or videos that explain how gun violence hurts our communities as well as the positive actions we can take to reduce gun violence. Films/Videos should be up to 3 minutes in length (can be shorter), include some mention of goals or ideas to reduce gun violence, and should follow all contest rules outlined below.

The winner of the video contest will receive the Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. The runner up will receive $500.  The recipient of the Scholarship will be honored at the VPC’s Angel of Peace Awards on September 21, 2016 from 6-8pm.

The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in high school within Los Angeles County. Entries are due by September 1, 2016.

The Scholarship is named after Tony Borbon, who helped establish the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles as its first chairman in the 1990s. He was a firefighter and activist who dedicated his life to supporting his community and bringing people together for collective action to prevent violence.

Entries are due by Thursday, September 1, 2016. If you would like to enter the video contest and apply for the scholarship, please complete the form below:

Contest Rules

This is a call for creative film/videos detailing the negative effects of gun violence on youth and the positive actions youth are taking to reduce it.  Entries must be under three minutes in length and must deliver a message that reflects the violence-prevention goals of the sponsoring organizations, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (www.vpcgla.org) and the Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org).

The competition is open to all high school students in Los Angeles County and entrants must maintain significant personal control over the content and aesthetics of the film/video (producing, directing, writing, editing, etc.).

Additional rules and guidelines include the following.

1) Entries may not feature firearms or ammunition, replicas of firearms or ammunition, or any component that can be interpreted as a firearm or ammunition, may not feature any depiction of criminal or violent acts, and may not violate local, state, or federal laws or regulations regarding the sale, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or related products.  Entries must not depict any actions that place the participants at risk or in physical danger.  In producing the film/video, entrants must obey all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations.  Any entry that violates any of these rules will not be eligible for the competition.

2) By submitting your entry, you are attesting that you have the necessary authorization to use the images, audio, text, and other content contained therein. DO NOT enter if you are in violation, or uncertain of your rights to, any copyrights, patents, trademarks, video, music or other intellectual property.   A sample release form is available from the sponsoring organizations here: Draft Video Release Form

3) If an entity other than the applicant owns the rights to all or part of the submitted film/video, the applicant must attach written consent/permission from the owner or an authorized representative of the owner to the application. Applicants will be held fully liable under the law for any copyright or other intellectual property violations.

4) Submitted film/video must be created expressly for this contest and not be something already done or submitted previously.

5) Submissions that are un-comprehensible or inappropriate for any reason in the sole judgment of the sponsoring organizations will not be accepted into the competition. The decision of the judges is final.

6) Entries must be received on or before Thursday, September 1, 2016 via YouTube or Vimeo link to be eligible for this contest. The sponsoring organizations are not responsible for any entry that is misdirected, corrupted, or not received by such date.  The online application and submission portal for the contest is located at [https://vpcgla.wufoo.com/forms/tony-borbon-youth-video-contest-2016/].  Entry may also be sent on a thumb drive (USB flash drive) to:

Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
1000 N. Alameda Street
Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA  90012

If sending via U.S. mail, please send in a padded envelope or similar packaging to ensure that the submission is not damaged in transit.

7) The winning entry will be featured at the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles’ Angel of Peace Awards event on September 21, 2016, in Los Angeles and the first place and runner-up entrants will be recognized at the event.  Winning entries as well as select additional entries will be featured on the websites and related social media of the sponsoring organizations.  The sponsoring organizations retain the right to use all submitted video footage or portions thereof, as well as resultant still images, in their public education efforts in support of gun violence prevention.  All use will be credited to the entrant in the standard manner of each organization.  Winning entries will receive the following scholarship prizes:

First Place:  $1,000

Runner Up:    $500

Scholarship prizes will be awarded to the first place and runner up entrants in the form of a check made out to the entrants.

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the Violence Policy Center reserve the right to amend the above rules at any time.