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Young Guns 16

2018: Building on the tremendous successes of the previous year, Young Guns 16 strived to be better than ever before, with the largest jury in Young Guns history. More than 60 creative men and women — slightly more of the latter than the former — made up of both past YG winners and industry luminaries, volunteered their time to select this year's class

After several weeks of poring over hundreds of entries from nearly 40 countries, the jury selected an incredible shortlist of 82 finalists. From this list, the jury continued to debate and discuss, finally choosing 30 new Young Guns to join the family. These new Young Guns are set to receive this year's reinvented trophy, a floating Cube designed by YG11 winnerJuan Carlos Pagan and his studio Sunday Afternoon.

The Young Guns 16 ceremony and party will take place on November 15, 2018.



Now that the winners of Young Guns 16 have been unveiled, we invite the global creative community at large to check out all of their incredible work, as well as to cast a vote for their favorite YG16 winner. The one who receives the most votes by November 14 will be announced at the party the following evening. Will your choice follow in the footsteps of South African filmmaker SJ, last year's Creative Choice winner? VOTE TODAY!


A.V. Rockwell


A.V. Rockwell was born and raised in Queens, New York. Hailed as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her work is celebrated for its brutal yet poetically humanized depictions of urban life. Her distinct voice dominates her work slyly addressing issues of race, family, identity and systematic oppression. Shortly after she directed The Gospel, a music-driven short film commissioned by Alicia Keys. A.V.’s work gained traction leading to several accolades including the Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts and a Sundance Institute Feature Film Fellowship. More recently, A.V. was announced as one of the finalists in the 2018 Young Guns Competition.

She was the grand-prize winner of the Tribeca Film Institute and CHANEL’s Through Her Lens grant, for her film Feathers that made its Worldwide Premiere at this year’s 43rd Toronto Film Festival. Feathers was recently acquired by Fox Searchlight – a largely unprecedented move for a studio to venture into the shorts world -- the film will now share the same house as Oscar winners Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri(2017), The Shape of Water(2017), 12 Years a Slave(2013), just to name a few.

Feathers is currently in the Narrative Shorts Competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

A.V. is represented by Little Minx.

The Gospel Agency: AK Worldwide Client: Alicia Keys Category: YG16 Year: 2018
Know Your Girls Agency: Translation Client: Susan G. Komen Category: YG16 Year: 2018
GFC "Gotham Fucking City" Agency: N/A Client: Cinematic Music Group Category: YG16 Year: 2018
Open City Mixtape : Kids Agency: N/A Client: N/A Category: YG16 Year: 2018
Open City Mixtape: Bad Little Boy (B.L.B.) Agency: N/A Client: N/A Category: YG16 Year: 2018
Open City : The Dreamer Agency: N/A Client: N/A Category: YG16 Year: 2018




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