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.

Contest Updates!

So you want to make a movie?







We are delighted to announce that Gary Miller, a writer, filmmaker and educational consultant has written a great introductory guide to Filmmaking, which we have uploaded to the Freedom & Unity website @

Our Filmmaking 101 guide include tips for choosing ideas, planning your film, writing a script and storyboard, shooting, editing and exporting. It also has links to where you can find free and inexpensive production and editing equipment as well as other suggestions of many kinds! We hope you find it helpful.

Keep in mind that our CONTEST SUBMISSION DEADLINE is March 26, 2017!


The Freedom and Unity TV Youth Film Contest has funding to provide one-on-one mentorship to students working on film submissions as well as to send filmmakers to classrooms across the state to get kids excited about film. Please contact us to set this up at your school!

NEW $3500 VT

Vermont filmmakers working on a film (in any genre or length) that was shot in Vermont, and/or includes a Vermont theme, who are NOT currently enrolled in an educational institution, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2017.
To learn more, please visit:

You’re Invited to the 2016 Freedom & Unity Youth Film Festival!

This year, students from across Vermont submitted nearly 100 films to the Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest. Please join us at Vermont College of Fine Arts on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to celebrate their accomplishments and watch this year’s winning films at our 2016 Youth Film Festival.

At the festival, our judges will announce the winners and give out awards, including category prizes, The Vermont Folklife Center Ethnographic Film Award, and the Jamie Kanzler Award for Experimental Film. You’ll get to view the winning films and talk to their creators. And you’ll meet young filmmakers, teachers, and filmmaking mentors from around the state.

Here at Freedom & Unity, all of us are working hard to support Vermont’s future filmmakers. We hope you’ll support them too, by attending this year’s festival.


Nora Jacobson, Gary Miller, Nat Winthrop, Meghan O’Rourke and all of the Freedom & Unity team


The Details

Freedom & Unity Vermont Youth Film Festival

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 to let us know how many of your group will attend.