Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest is BACK!


Announcing the 2017 Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest and Media Maker Conference

  • Middle school students now welcome!
  • More than $5000 in cash and prizes
  • Two-day Youth Film Festival and Media Maker Conference May 6-7, 2017
  • Student film screening at other festivals, on Vermont PBS, and Vermont Access Network.
  • Teacher Resources: Sample PLP and tips on creating student portfolio pieces using film

Calling all filmmakers ages 10-30 who live or go to school in Vermont! The Freedom & Unity Vermont Youth Film Contest is back, offering more than $5000 in cash and prizes. You’ll also have the chance to share your work on Vermont PBS, Vermont Community Access Network and at film festivals all over the Green Mountain State, including the Vermont International Film Festival, the White River Indie Festival and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.

The Deadline: March 26, 2017
Don’t miss out! The deadline for the third annual contest, which accepts short films with a Vermont focus, is March 26, 2017. To get rules, enter the contest, and watch last year’s winning films, visit winners.

A Two-Day Festival and Media Maker Conference
This year’s contest will step things up in a big way. We’re expanding to include middle school students. And we’re holding a two-day Youth Film Festival and Media Maker conference on May 6-7, 2017You can view the best of this year’s contest, participate in workshops taught by professional filmmakers, and more.

“We’re thrilled to expand our focus,” says outreach coordinator Signe Taylor.  “With the addition of middle school students, we’re looking forward to seeing even more wonderful films. And the filmmaking workshops at this year’s festival and conference will give students an opportunity to learn more about the process of making good films.”

Teacher Resources
Our contest provides students with an opportunity to create PLP portfolio pieces showing evidence of achievement in Visual & Performing Arts, Global Citizenship, English Language Arts & Literacy, and Transferable Skills. Our Education Coordinator Gary Miller will be producing a sample PLP and tips sheet as well as other materials to support teachers as they work to implement the new guidelines around Personalized Learning Plans and proficiency-based graduation requirements.

Contest Background
The film contest is an outgrowth of Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, a 6-part film series on Vermont history and culture created by 30 seasoned Vermont filmmakers. Nora Jacobson, the Vermont Movie’s executive producer and contest co-founder says, “We wanted to hear what young Vermonters have to say about their home state: What do you they think about, what are their concerns, passions and hopes for the future?” 

The Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest and Media Makers Conference is supported by the Bay & Paul Foundations, the Vermont Community Foundation, and private donors across Vermont.

If you’re a teacher or a parent of a young filmmaker, send them our way! If you’re a young Vermont filmmaker with something to say, get out your video gear! And be sure to enter your film! 

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