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“When we attended the awards ceremony, we had the opportunity to see the winning films and to hear the filmmakers speak about their creations. We saw that in that space, a community was created, in which youth who had been making films in isolation discovered that there were peers throughout the state, that they were part of a larger community of people with shared passions—including some of Vermont’s leading filmmakers. That, I think, beyond the acclaim or prizes, is the real benefit of the competition.” – Evie Lovett, parent of a contestant

“The Freedom & Unity Contest offered something new and exciting for my students; it offered them the chance to make something that was honest, homegrown, and true to their own lives. They created art for art itself, and in a curriculum bogged down by state requirements and college preparation, it became one of our favorite projects and for many students was the highlight of the year.” – Matthew Binginot, Digital Arts teacher, Barre, VT

MANY THANKS to the all individuals and companies who have contributed to the 2017 Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest, including Liora Alschuler, Back Forty Fund, Matt Bucy, Dreamlike PicturesEverbank, Jamie Kanzler FundMerchant’s BankNational Life Group Charitable FoundationNorwich TechnologiesRevolution, Bill Stetson, Washington Electric Co-op & Nat Winthrop!

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.
Checks can be made out to “The Vermont Movie/Contest 2017”.  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:


If you’d like to volunteer or sponsor a contest prize, send us an email at !