Freedom & Unity Young Filmmaker Contest invites Vermont and New Hampshire residents to create films exploring the life and culture of the Green Mountain and Granite States.

We Are Currently Accepting Submissions

Important (Updated) Dates

Work In Progress Deadline: May 1st, 2020 (if you want feedback prior to the final submission deadline – not required for contest submission)


Awards Screening (TBD) COVID-19 Dependent

Congratulations to all the 2019 FREEDOM & UNITY YOUNG FILMMAKER CONTEST Award Winners!

view the 2019 award winning films


Inspired by the Vermont Movie ProjectFREEDOM & UNITY YOUNG FILMMAKER CONTEST invites young Vermont and New Hampshire residents to create films exploring the life and culture of the Green Mountain and Granite States. Through film, young people explore the issues that they find meaningful, make connections between the past and the present, and share their personal stories. They build filmmaking and communication skills while learning more about themselves and the state they call home. 

One remarkable result of this project is the weaving together of many perspectives and stories. At the screening and awards ceremony, filmmakers gather together to meet each other, and learn from one another. Last year, our screening and awards ceremony took place during the annual WRIF Film Festival May 31- June 2, 2019 in White River Junction, Vermont! WRIF became the parent organization for the Freedom & Unity Contest in 2018 and is a proud supporter of youth filmmaking in the state of Vermont.

Want to donate? Checks can be made out to “The Vermont Movie/Contest 2020”.  We welcome any size contributions and all gifts are tax deductible. Mail checks to: Upper Valley Arts, PO Box 322, Norwich, VT  05055. Or donate electronically via PayPal. We invite all Vermonters to join us! Please make a film, mentor the filmmakers and/or help us by supporting the contest with gifts of cash or prizes. If you’d like to volunteer or sponsor a contest prize, send us an email at info@freedomandunitytv.org!

Many thanks to all the 2019 participating filmmakers!


Terrific feature in the winter edition of Upper Valley’s own Kid Stuff Magazine!
Check it out on pages 29-31!

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The FREEDOM & UNITY YOUNG FILMMAKER CONTEST is a project of White River Indie Films

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Website/Blog production and graphic designs for 2016-2018 competition by S. Perreault. Artwork and photographs provided by Louise Michaels and Michael Kay-Louis.