A few Calgary entities are teaming up to launch a new program based on the effort’s of sex-advice columnist Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign.

The Calgary Police Service Fairy Tales and EMMEDIA are collaborating on a new program that is aimed to provide youth with the tools to create their own anti-homophobia public service announcements right here in Calgary.

Fairy Tales programming and producing director Jessica Dollard explains that the Youth Anti-Homophobia PSA Competition is an important program in itself but the launch on January 27 is equally important to get the word out to youth.

“It’s not as easy to reach Calgary youth as you might imagine” she says adding they hope for as many applications as they can get.

“We are hoping that students and youth who may be a little shy about entering the competition will come and see how fantastic the program will be.”

A series of workshops will be hosted by EMMEDIA where students will be taught filmmaking tools such as editing video production and how to make an effective PSA.

Once the youth learn the tricks of the trade they are free to make their PSA’s and presenting organizations will ultimately select the top choices in several different categories and they will be presented in an Academy Awards-style gala during the next Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival.

Dollard encourages Calgarians to attend the launch event on Thursday at The Plaza Theatre where there will be a special presentation by the TELUS community board. There will also be a series of youth-friendly short films about love growing up and coming out. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend and tickets are $9.75 in advance or $12 at the door – but anyone under 18 or youth who have already entered the competition get into the launch event for FREE!

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to the launch of such a wonderful event” Dollard added.

The actual PSA competition for youth will occur during the festival between May 26 th and June 3 rd . Youth up to 24-years-old can enter the competition and for more information visit www.fairytalesfilmfest.com .

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