WELCOME!

WELCOME! Freedom & Unity TV is a film competition that invites young Vermonters to create films that explore the life and culture of the Green Mountain State, both past and present! Through our competition, young people explore the issues that they find meaningful, make connections between the past and the present, and share their personal stories. They connect with other young filmmakers and build filmmaking and communication skills while learning more about themselves and the state they call home.  

The filmmakers from Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie designed the Freedom & Unity TV Youth Film Competition as a way to bring the voices of young Vermont filmmakers into the Vermont Movie project.

Over our first two years, we have drawn nearly 200 entries from high schools, tech centers, colleges, private schools, and home schools across the Green Mountain State. In addition, we have trained teachers to use video in the classroom and mentored students in a variety of settings!

We welcome ideas from people interested in helping young people learn more about the art of filmmaking. If you are interested in supporting our efforts, please contact us at info@freedomandunitytv.org!

Congratulations to all of the filmmakers who submitted films to our 2016 contest!

Listed below are the winners from the 2016 Film Contest!

(Go to Contest Winners to see all films that have been submitted between 2015 and 2016.)

Folklife Center Ethnographic Film Award

Breaking Binary by Eva Rochereau, Becca Cottrell, and Fiona Nelson; Champlain Valley Union H.S. and home school

Jamie Kanzler Experimental Film Award

Peace or Prozac by Leah Kaliski, Thetford Academy

Contemporary Issues – High School

1st Place

Young and Queer Vermont by Alex Escaja, South Burlington High School

2nd Place

Lost Then Found: The Lost Boys of Sudan Encounter a Whole New World by Jayme Billings, Browns River Middle School

3rd Place

Distributing Days for Girls Feminine Hygiene kits in Rwanda, Africa by Aenea Mead, Harwood Union High School

Honorable Mention

Vermont Population Decline by Ezra Marks & Justin Holmes, Middleburg Union High School

Not The New Thing: The Future of Education in Vermont by Jacob Parker, Ella Nagy-Benson, Alexa Widschwenter, Middleburg Union High School

Heritage or Hate: The Confederate Flag by Annina Hare, Middleburg Union High School

Lake Champlain: The Untold Story by Mason Mashtare, Northwest Technical Center

What Vermont Stands for by David McHugh, Central Vermont Career Center

Contemporary Issues – Young Adults 

1st Place

The Richer Whiter State: Seeing Race in Vermont Schools by Laurel & Alyssa Chen

2nd Place

Shame On Me by Andrew Woodman, Green Mountain College

3rd Place

Kelly Burke by Sophie Bodnar, CATV8

Vermont History – High School

1st Place

The Saint Albans Raid by Laurent Gagne, Bellows Free Academy

2nd Place (two winners)

Vermont Skiing HistoryTurning Points by Sam Strohbehn, Hanover High School

Exploring the History of the Underhill Schoolhouse by Faryal Afsar, Mount Mansfield H.S.

3rd Place

Ticonderoga by Ethan Bray, Northwestern Technical Center

Honorable Mentions

Maple Syrup History by Trevor Riff, Oxbow High School/Wilder School

Red Roots by Zane Swift, South Burlington High School

Vermont History – Young Adults

1st Place

The Ghastliness by Chico Eastridge

2nd Place

Vermont 1918 by Shaynelle Francis

Personal Films – High School

1st Place

Peace or Prozac by Leah Kaliski, Thetford Academy

2nd Place

God Left Me With A Voice by Abi Murphy, Northwest Technical Center

3rd Place (two winners)

European Skull Mounts by Sam Scott, Middlebury Union High School/D.O.

A Letter I’ll Never Send to the Father Who Should Have Been There by Emily Williams, Hartford Area Career and Technology Center

Honorable Mention

Poem for a Friend or Stranger by Charlotte Keathley, Middleburg Union High School 

A Day in the Life by Josh LaFlower, Spaulding High School

Project Independence by Stacy Sheilds, Middlebury Union H.S. /D.O.

Spartan Rugby by Mike O’dell, Middleburg Union H.S. /D.O.

Special Merit Award in Filmmaking

Vermont The Land We Live by Albert Baird and Ian Biasini, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center

Personal Films – Young Adults

1st Place 

Stolen by Rhea Hayes & Alex Schlater, Champlain College

2nd Place 

Champlain College Climbs Smuggler’s Notch by Nathan Gobes, Champlain College

3rd Place 

Sincerely, Vermont by James Abrams, Rochester Institute of Technology

Honorable Mentions

The Three Year Summer by Noah Detzer

Humans of Burlington by Danielle Hazelton, Champlain College

Art and Culture – High School

1st Place

A Vermont Fairytale by Cady Ray & Eva Nichols, Poultney High School

2nd Place (two winners)

Backwoods: A Visual Poem by Ben Shumlin, The Putney School

Vermont is Adventure by Jayvian Poitras, Central Vermont Career Center

3rd Place

Getting Down To Business by Cameron Fennel & Nick Velau, Central Vermont Career Center

Honorable Mention

Maple Sugaring by Cody Lamonda, Lamoille Union High School

Art and Culture – Young Adult

1st Place

Hunting & Fishing in Vermont by Martha Howe, Green Mountain College

2nd Place

Baseball in Vermont by Paul Snyder, Northwest Access TV

3rd Place

Good Sports with Jasper Goodman Featuring Norwich University Men’s Ice Hockey Program by Jay Austin, WDEV Radio Vermont

Honorable Mention

Why Ski? by India Harvey, St. Lawrence University

Extreme Walking by Reilly Dillon, Saint Michael’s College 

Judge’s Picks

Sobo Slackers by C. Andrew Camoscio, Champlain College

Lost Then Found: The Lost Boys of Sudan Encounter a Whole New World by Jayme Billings

Things You Wouldn’t Hear Vermonter’s Say by Grace Willean, Lamoille Union High School

What Vermont Stands for by David McHugh, Central Vermont Career Center

Young and Queer Vermont by Alex Escaja

Kelly Burke by Sophie Bodnar, CATV8

Sugaring by Abigail Judkins, Lamoille Union High School

Poem for a Friend or Stranger by Charlotte Keathley, Middlebury Union High School

Spartan Rugby by Mike O’dell, Middleburg Union H.S. /D.O.

European Skull Mounts by Sam Scott Middlebury Union H.S. /D.O.

Peace or Prozac by Leah Kaliski, Thetford Academy

Sincerely, Vermont by James Abrams, Rochester Institute of Technology

Stolen by Rhea Hayes & Alex Schlater, Champlain College

Backwoods: A Visual Poem by Ben Shumlin, The Putney School

 


Watch our 2015/2016 Contest Trailer created by Rob Koier!


Partners                                                                                        Generous donors

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Alongside: Lion and Hare Family Fund, Janine Kanzler, and Bennet Vance!

 

 

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

6 comments

    1. We are considering expanding age ranges for next year, but for this year’s contest, the age range will be 14-30. If you send us an email, we can add you to our email list so you will hear about any changes right away. Thanks for your interest!

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    1. Hello,

      Date/Time: May 7, 2016, 9 am to 5 pm

      Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts

      Noble Hall • 306 College Avenue • Montpelier, VT 05602

      Pizza and soft drinks will be provided!

      Please email us at info@freedomandunitytv.org to let us know how many of your group will attend!

      For further information please refer to our Film Festival page or our Blog!

      Thank you!
      The Freedom & Unity TV: Youth Film Competition Team

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    1. Hello,

      Next years Festival’s details are to be determined. If you would like to be informed when a decision is made, please email info@freedomandunitytv.org with your contact information and we will keep you posted. Aside from that we will be utilizing our blog to keep people in the loop with updates so you are welcome to check there as well!

      Thank you,
      The Freedom & Unity TV Team

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