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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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE 2020 FREEDOM & UNITY YOUNG FILMMAKER CONTEST AWARD WINNERS!

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Social Justice Award: Willing Hands, d: Ezra McGinley-Smith
Environment Award: Our Changing Winters, d: Farren Stainton
Compassions Award: The Fight to End Suffering: The Unknown World of Animal Cruelty, d: Samara Ashooh, Greta Walberg

HIGH SCHOOL: Personal Stories
First prize: Oblivion, d: Xiuyuan Chen, Shixue Shao, Shangyou Li, Zirui Liu
Second Prize: Don’t Wait Until Yesterday, d: Jahirah Thurber
Tie for Third Prize: Sleeping Sun, d: Lachlan McCann &
Dear Daughters, d: Sasha Miller, Rae Kanarick, Anna McIntosh, Adelle MacDowell

HIGH SCHOOL: History & Contemporary Issues
First Prize: Yellow Cards for Equal Pay,  d: Maia Vota
Second Prize: The Lost Story, d: Theo Ellis Novotny, Grace Vining
Third Prize: The Camping Assignment, d: Dylan Moody A’ness

HIGH SCHOOL: Arts & Culture
First Prize: Tuck’s Rock Dojo: A Rockumentary, d: Anna King
Second Prize: Upper Valley Soccer, d: Palmer Okai
Third Prize: Backyard Sugaring, d: Isaac Stcyr

ADULT: Personal Stories
First Prize: I am Alone, I am Afraid d: Jacob D’Amour, Aidan Saunders
Second Prize: The Silence in Between, d: Danielle Hazelton
Third Prize: IRL: In Real Life, d: Sophie Whittemore

ADULT: Arts, Culture, History & Contemporary Issues
First Prize: Forget-Me-Not Vermont, d: Travis Washington, Luke Rebman, Charles Dalgleish
Second Prize: Vermont Barrier Breakers: A Teacher and a Politician, d: Ian Carpenter
Third Prize: Do It Yourself, d: Griffin Paul Moran, Nathaniel Hart

JAMIE KANZLER AWARDS
First Prize: Sleeping Sun, d: Lachlan McCann
Second Prize Tie: IRL: In Real Life, d: Sophie Whittemore &
Oblivion, d: Xiuyuan Chen, Shixue Shao, Shangyou Li, Zirui Liu
Third Prize: Do It Yourself, d: Griffin Paul Moran, Nathaniel Hart

See More Winning Films From Previous Years!


About FREEDOM & UNITY YOUNG FILMMAKER CONTEST

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. In 2019, our screening and awards ceremony took place during the annual WRIF Film Festival May 31- June 2, 2019 in White River Junction, Vermont. In 2020, we had an inspiring interactive Zoom ceremony! 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!

News

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.