Can’t Beat Love Awards Night - February 27, 2019
Santikos Silverado Theater

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Students across the city have been hard at work finishing their public service announcements (PSA) and short films for entry into the 9th Annual San Antonio Youth Film Contest Can’t Beat Love! Please join us for Awards Night — an Oscar-style evening where we showcase this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of those students who have submitted. Your work will help inspire and educate kids across the city.

Topic Overview:

School violence has become one of the most hotly debated topics in communities all across the US. While statistically violence in schools is very rare, the perception of increased risk and the emotional toll violence has taken is very real. Filmmakers will be asked to explore the topic of school violence and take any number of approaches in revealing its prevalence, the perspectives of the perpetrators, the victims, the families, and the extended community. Filmmakers are encouraged to research the topic thoroughly using mainstream reputable sources, explore various coping mechanisms available for students, and carve out a possible path forward for younger students as they become increasingly aware of these events.

Winning films and PSAs will be used as part of the ongoing education programs for Family Violence and Prevention Services as well as the National Council of Jewish Women. For questions related to the topic or other aspects of the contest, please contact Rhonda Grimm at rgrimm@pt.net or Linda Canizales at Linda.Canizales@fvps.org


Important Dates:

January 25, 2019, 4:00 PM — Submission deadline

February 27, 2019, 7:00 PM — Awards Night


Awards Night 2018!


Can’t Beat Love engages high school students to create films that highlight the problems affecting today’s teens.

The Topic for the 2017-2018 Film Contest:
Teen Trafficking

Teen trafficking is often thought of as a problem affecting people trying to come to the United States.  Sadly, it is a problem that is statistically set to surpass drug trafficking in the near future.  Each year, thousands of teens are lured into trafficking through a host of channels.  Predators, who are experts in reading and appealing to teens, prey on them in malls, restaurants, movie theaters, schools, the Internet, etc.  And they approach teens with promises of modeling or lucrative jobs or as potential romantic partners.  Flattered by the attention and gifts, they become vulnerable to exploitation, kidnapping, and worse.

Filmmakers will be asked to explore the topic of teen trafficking — the different ways a teen can be tricked or lured into trafficking, the warning signs that someone is being trafficked, and what the potential solutions are — especially in terms of how friends can help.

Winning films and PSAs will be used as part of the ongoing education programs for Family Violence and Prevention Services as well as the National Council of Jewish Women who is currently involved in trafficking prevention at the local, regional, and national level.

Important Dates

January 26, 2018, 4:00 PM — submission deadline
February 28, 2018, 7:00 PM — Awards Night at Santikos Silverado Theater

Resources

Many resources exist on teen trafficking. Below are just a few and many are available through Internet search.

https://www.justice.gov/humantrafficking
http://www.naag.org/publications/nagtri-newsletters/human-trafficking-newsletter/human-trafficking-newsletter-august-2017.php
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/25/study-texas-has-about-313k-human-trafficking-victims.html
http://www.ncjwsa.org/trafficked-teens/

Additionally, members of NCJW would be happy to hold a brief discussion session with any of the schools to further explore this important topic.  If you are interested, feel free to email Marcia Waldgeir for more information.

Our Mission

Each year, Family Violence Prevention Services and the National Council of Jewish Women team up to produce a film contest for San Antonio area high school students.  Can’t Beat Love engages high school students to create films that highlight the problems affecting today’s teens such as teen dating violence, bullying, substance abuse, etc.  Topics are assigned at the beginning of the summer and students have until late January to produce a short film, a documentary, or a foreign language film.  All films must be under 5 minutes in length.  Cash prizes are awarded at a red carpet ceremony. 

This annual video contest for high school students features topics of social significance.  Prizes are awarded to winners and there is a public showing of winning submissions at local movie house.

Can’t Beat Love tackles tough subjects like bullying, substance abuse, and addiction. The contest:

  • Builds self-esteem

  • Fosters creativity

  • Confronts tough issues

  • Creates a forum for discussion and solutions

  • Provides great exposure for the student, school, and district

For more information or to volunteer, contact Rhonda Grimm at rgrimm@instant.net.

Educational Program Using Winning Films

This community program uses these films along with discussion topics and questions to facilitate conversations with local youth. For information on our education modules, check out the Education Tools tab on the Can’t Beat Love site at www.cantbeatlovesa.org. We encourage you to spread the word about the contest and educational programs.  To view past winning films, go to http://www.cantbeatlovesa.org/current-and-past-winners/.

For information about this program, go to www.cantbeatlovesa.org.