“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 Pictures, Everbank, Jamie Kanzler Fund, Merchant’s Bank, National Life Group Charitable Foundation, Norwich Technologies, Revolution, Bill Stetson, Washington Electric Co-op & Nat Winthrop!
We invite all Vermonters to join us!
If you’d like to volunteer or sponsor a contest prize, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org !