Spread the Love Film Festival 2023

In February 2012 Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria (BGC) 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.

2019 marked Victoria’s 8th annual Anti-Bullying Film Festival and a name change for the festival to Spread the Love Film Festival. The name change was made in hopes that youth would begin thinking about ways to spread kindness and love both in their film submissions and in their daily lives.

10th Annual
Spread the Love Film Festival

The 2023 Spread the Love Film Festival will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2023,
at l’école Victor-Brodeur.

Contest Rules & Submission Details:

  1. All submitted videos should address the topic of “Spreading Kindness/Love” and be in the form of a Public Service Announcement (PSA). Please keep videos appropriate in nature. Entries with inappropriate content (e.g. offensive language, nudity) will not be screened.
  2. Videos must be under one minute in length. Please be aware that your video will be accompanied by an introduction/acknowledgement of the host organizations.
  3. The contest is open to youth living in the Greater Victoria area up to 19 years of age. As this is a youth film festival, we ask that parents, teachers, and other adults assisting in the production limit their involvement. Youth are responsible for the planning, filming and editing of their work. Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in disqualification from the festival.
  4. Each individual participant is allowed to appear in a maximum of two (2) video submissions.
  5. All videos must be submitted via USB flash drive OR Dropbox as .AVI, .MOV or .MPEG format. Contestants may enter as many films as they wish. A completed registration form is required for each entry submitted.
  6. All eligible entries will be screened at the 2023 Spread the Love Film Festival on Wednesday, February 22th at l’école Victor-Brodeur between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Local organizations will be at the event with resources for children, youth, and families.

A panel of judges will assess the PSA using the following criteria:

Clear Spread Kindness/Love message * Creativity/Originality * Production Quality * Overall Impression

The 2020 Film Festival took place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at l’école Victor-Brodeur.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 WINNERS!

  1. Tweenie but Mighty – BGC Westshore
  2. Words – BGC Central Saanich
  3. Kid-terview – Fairfield
  4. The Legend of Zeld-bro – Fairfield
  5. The Making of Spread the Love – Quadra Village
  6. Friendship Bracelets – Burnside
  7. Oaklands Kindness – Oaklands
  8. Battle to the Lightside – Quadra Village
  9. What Does Kindness Mean to You? – Quadra Village
  10. Spread the Love – James Bay