Violence in our society is as old as the republic itself. It has affected nearly every American in some form or another and is not just committed by one race or class in our society. From everyday working class citizens to our most celebrated entertainers, athletes, political and world leaders, status has not provided immunity from violent acts, some have even lost their lives to senseless acts of violence in schools, places of worship, shopping malls, movie theatres and the workplace .
The American Youth Film Festival is excited to use its platform to announce the launch of The Shoot Film Not Guns Anti-bullying/Stop The Violence Initiative, and we would like to partner with student filmmakers, actors, actresses and influencers to host in select cities in 2020. This initiative is designed to redirect youth and their usage of smart phones by exploring the field of cinematic arts as cinematographers, directors, screenwriters, editors, and producers. In each city, the event will begin with a series of Careers in Film workshops (i.e. acting, editing, camera operation, directing, production) and culminate with an Anti-bullying/Stop the Violence interactive panel discussion. At the end of each event, participants will be challenged to assemble a small production team to create a “Anti-bullying/Stop the Violence” PSA to be submitted to The American Youth Film Festival and the winning PSA and production team will be recognized at The American Youth Film Festival in Atlanta in June 2020. The workshops and interactive panel discussions will be held in various cities around the country throughout the year, please click here to join the movement and co-host an event or to make a TAX - DEDUCTIBLE donation click here.
2020 Cities And Dates To Be Determined
ATLANTA - Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Fulton County Government Center
COLUMBUS - Saturday March 21, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Carver High School
Augusta - To Be Announced
Charlotte - To Be Announced
Chicago - To Be Announced
Columbia - To Be Announced
Dallas - To Be Announced
Huntsville - To Be Announced
Jacksonville - To Be Announced
Louisville - To Be Announced