Submissions Open for Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival, happening on July 22, 2022

Celebrate the iconic site by creating a one-minute (or shorter) video that may be selected to be screened

Submission deadline: July 1, 2022

Los Angeles, CA (June 10, 2022) — Calling all video makers and Tar Pits enthusiasts! This summer is your opportunity to have your short video screened outdoors in the heart of Los Angeles during the Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival, happening on July 22, 2022.


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 us why this site is special to you, to Los Angeles, and to the world.


Videos chosen can qualify to win a sabertooth cat scull cast awarded for Favorite Video. The videos (one-minute or less) 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.


Join us on July 22, 2022 for Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival featuring select videos from the callout, a screening of a new film about La Brea Tar Pits by our moderator and host Nic Cha Kim, and a discussion on the site’s significance in art and popular culture with the Natural History Museum of L.A. County’s Archivist Yolanda Bustos and La Brea Tar Pits artist-in-residence Mark Dion.


This event is part of LBTP x Pacific Standard Time: Mark Dion, an artist’s residency at LBTP funded by the Getty Foundation as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2024: Art x Science x L.A. initiative, a series of exhibitions, public programs, and publications that will explore connections between the visual arts and science from prehistoric times to the present and across different cultures worldwide.

Learn more and submit your videos here.