Young Guns

Young Guns recognizes the vanguard of creative professionals 30 years of age and under. Founded in 1996, the portfolio-based competition has grown to become one of the most coveted awards for young creatives around the globe. For many designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, photographers, filmmakers, animators and other creatives, being named a Young Guns winner is a sure sign of a skyrocketing career, as well as a source of validation for all of the stressful days and sleepless nights that have come with early successes.

Young Guns is more than just an award; it's an exclusive community of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars, all who network, mentor and collaborate together. Over the years, our roster has grown to include some exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Jessica Walsh (YG8), Alli Truch (YG2), Natasha Jen (YG3), Pablo Medina (YG3), Jon Contino (YG9), Scott Stowell (YG3), Lindsay Ballant (YG7), Alex Trochut (YG6), Dark Igloo (YG10), Anna Bond (YG12), Zipeng Zhu (YG13), The Daniels (YG14) and Cait Oppermann (YG15).

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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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