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Make a Short Video for La Brea Tar Pits to Win a Sabertooth Cat Skull Cast!

Celebrate the iconic site by creating a one-minute video that may be selected to be screened!

This summer, your kids have an opportunity to show how La Brea Tar Pits inspires them with a short video, which will be screened outdoors in the heart of Los Angeles during the Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival, happening on July 22, 2022.

Videos chosen can qualify to win a sabertooth cat skull cast awarded for Favorite Video.

the Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival
Photo: Courtesy of Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County

The Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival will take place on July 22, 2022, at La Brea Tar Pits featuring a selection of videos chosen from those submitted by the public, a screening of a new film about La Brea Tar Pits by moderator and host Nic Cha Kim, and a discussion on LBTP's significance in art and popular culture with the Natural History Museum’s Archivist Yolanda Bustos and artist in residence Mark Dion.

La Brea Tar Pits has been a place of not only discovery but one of fascination and inspiration. It's been showcased in movies, depicted in art, and referenced in memes.

How to Submit Your Video

Write a script for your dire wolf puppet, choreograph a tar dance, create a montage of all your favorite tar pits-inspired movie scenes, or whatever else comes to mind to show why this site is special to you, to Los Angeles, and to the world.

The videos can be animated, live-action, shot on your cell phone– and they don't need to be filmed at Hancock Park. International submissions are welcome!

  • Videos should be one-minute or shorter.

  • The maximum video file size is 1GB

  • Either post your video and tag @THELABREATARPITS on Instagram or @LABREATARPITS on Twitter

  • OR submit your video via GOOGLE FORM.

  • The submission deadline is July 1, 2022.

Videos shown during the film festival will be chosen from those that are submitted by the public. Winners will be chosen by a jury of NHMLAC staff and Mark Dion.

For more information about the festival and your video submission, please visit La Brea Tar Pits' official website.


1 Comment

Unknown member
Dec 05, 2022

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