Youth Film Contest Prize UPDATE!

In case you missed our last newsletters, we’ve launched the 2017
Learn more at:


Contest Deadline: March 26, 2017!

CONTACT US to schedule a Filmmaking Workshop @ your School & for Mentoring Help with your Movie!

New Prizes! New Sponsors!

We’d like to thank:

We also want to thank Matt Bucy & Liora Alschuler for sponsoring other awards! Finally, we’d like to express our deep appreciation to our New Contest Sponsors!

Remember to Apply for the
$3500 VT Work-In-Progress Filmmaking Award!
Deadline: February 15, 2017.

Vermont Folklife Center Announces $500 Youth Video Prize!

The Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest is happy to announce a new prize for our 2016 Student Film Festival: The Vermont Folklife Center Ethnographic Film Award.

The award, sponsored by the Folklife Center, will be given to a youth film that explores themes of culture and how we understand it. This includes films that strive to represent an experience from the point of view of the people to whom that experience belongs. Films that are collaboratively produced, autobiographical and self-reflective documentaries, observational projects, and films in which filmmaker and subject share active participation in the film production process will also be considered for the award.

In order to considered for this award (and for other awards) films must be submitted to our competition by 11:59 PM on April 16, 2016. All entrants should check contest rules and submission guidelines before sending in their films.


Saturday, May 16th


Randolph High School, Randolph

9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Prizes, food, celebration, panel discussion and film screenings!

First, Second and Third Prizes* were awarded in the following categories: Documentary, Fiction and Animation. Awards were given for each age category, 14-18 year old category (high school), and 18-25 year old category, (college and young adult).  Selected films can be screened on our web site, social media channels and in Vermont film and video festivals (TBA).

First Prize: Cash award of $500 or equivalent value in a Gift Certificate.

Second Prize: Cash award of $250 or equivalent value in a Gift Certificate.

Third Prize: Cash award of $100 or equivalent value in a Gift Certificate.

Non-competitive Category: one-on-one critique with a professional filmmaker.


SPECIAL AWARD: The Jamie Kanzler Award for Best Experimental Film

Jamie Kanzler was a young Vermont filmmaker, musician and poet who passed away in 2013. His mother, Janine Kanzler has generously created a $1000 award in his name for the Best Experimental Film in the Freedom and Unity TV Contest. The award will be divided into $500 each to the two Best Experimental Films, one in each age bracket: 14-18 year old category (high school), and 18-25 year old category, (college and young adult).
Jamie Kanzler, Director: Experimental Short Film
For more information about Jamie and the foundation set up in his name, please go to:
See another of his short films: link here

*The judges reserve the right to add awards, tie winning films, or not award prizes in a particular category.


Winning films will be screened at White River Indie Festival, Sunday, April  26th, Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St, White River Junction, Vermont.

Select Judges’ Pick  Films will be screened! 
For more information about White River Indie Film Festival go to:

Selected  Films will be also shown at the Castleton DigitalFest Friday, May 1st, Castleton College, Castleton, Vermont.

For more information: