Terrific feature of the 2017 Contest in the winter edition of Upper Valley’s own Kid Stuff Magazine! (pg 27-29)
Please check back soon as we’re planning to open the Contest in January 1, 2018! We look forward to releasing the 2018 categories and submission forms soon. Thanks for your interest in Freedom & Unity and, as always, we look forward to seeing what you create!
In case you missed our last newsletters, we’ve launched the 2017
FREEDOM & UNITY TV YOUTH FILM CONTEST!
Learn more at: https://freedomandunitytv.org/
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:
- Dreamlike Pictures for sponsoring a $100 Best Cinematography Award
- Norwich Solar Technologies for sponsoring a $100 Best Environmental Film Award
- The Jamie Kanzler Fund for sponsoring a $100 Best Experimental Film Award
- The Vermont Folk Life Center for sponsoring a $100 Best Ethnographic Film Award
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.
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 @ https://freedomandunitytv.org/filmmaking101/
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.
FILM MENTORING AVAILABLE!
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:
What are the Prizes?
Not this Statuette That’s to get your attention But we do offer many cash awards
- Middle School
- High School
- College and Adult
In every age group, we offer prizes for 3 different categories:
- Arts and Culture
- Vermont History & Contemporary Issues
- Personal Stories
In each category, we offer a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. The amounts are listed below:
High School, College and Young Adult Prize Amounts:
- 1st Prize: $500
- 2nd Prize: $250
- 3rd Prize: $100
Middle School Prize Amounts:
- 1st Prize: $250
- 2nd Prize: $100
- 3rd Prize: $500
We also give special prizes, like the Jamie Kanzler Experimental Film Award and the Vermont Folklife Center Ethnography Award.
In total, we offer over 30 prizes and give away more than $5000!
In addition to cash prizes, we also love showing your movies. The Premiere Screening of all award winning films will be on MAY 6 and 7, 2017 at the BRIGG’S OPERA HOUSE in WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT.
Award winning films also screen at film festivals across the state, on public access stations and on Vermont Public Television!
But the best prize of all may be just finishing your movie. It’s an amazing feeling to tell a story on film!
WATCH last year’s WINNING FILMS @ Winners!
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! TAKE THE SURVEY & TELL US WHICH
WORKSHOPS WOULD WORK BEST FOR YOU!
Working on a Vermont movie?
Apply for the VT Work-In-Progress Filmmaking Award!
are eligible to apply for this $3500 award.
The deadline is February 15, 2017.
To learn more, please visit: The Vermont Movie
Please make and submit a movie because we need to fill these seats at the Briggs Opera House!
We’re excited to share that we’ll announce and screen our WINNING FILMS and offer PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS on MAY 6 and 7, 2017 at the BRIGG’S OPERA HOUSE in WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT!
We’re thrilled about this location because White River Junction has a special place in Vermont film history. It’s where DW Griffith and Lillian Gish lived while filming the famous silent film Way Down East. White River Junction is also one of Vermont’s art capitals and was described as “quirky and avant garde” by the Washington Post and named one of ten “coolest” towns in the United States by Budget Travel. So please save the date and join us!
NEW $3500 VT WORK-IN-PROGRESS FILMMAKING AWARD!
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: The Vermont Movie.
WHAT FILMMAKING TOOLS DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT?
WE’RE OFFERING PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS IN MAY 2017. SO PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY
AND TELL US WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW: Survey.
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, 2017! You 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.”
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.
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!
Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Location: Marquis Screening Room
The Complete Festival Schedule
*A selection of films will also be shown at the Vermont International Film Festival! Check back later for date, time and list of films!
Freedom & Unity winners of 2016’s Youth Film Contest will be featured on Vermont PBS!
There will be interviews with some of the filmmakers, those will air as part of the programs as well! Below are the program details:
HIGH SCHOOL: 10/4/2016, 7:00 PM
First Place – Personal Films, Winner – Jamie Kanzler Experimental Film
Peace or Prozac | Leah Kaliski, Thetford Academy
First Place – Contemporary Issues
Young & Queer Vermont | Alex Escaja, South Burlington High School
First Place – Vermont History
St. Albans Raid | Laurent Gagne, Bellows Free Academy
Second Place – Personal Films
God Left Me with a Voice | Abi Murphy, Northwest Technical Center
First Place – Art & Culture
Vermont Fairy Tale | Cady Ray & Eva Nichols, Poultry High School
Second Place – Art & Culture
Backwoods | Ben Shumlin, Putney School
Judges pick – Vermont PBS
What Vermont Stands For | David McHugh, Central VT Career Center
YOUNG ADULT: 10/11/2016, 7:00 PM
First Place – Contemporary Issues
The Richer, Whiter State | Laurel & Alyssa Chen, Burlington
Second Place – Personal Films
Champlain College Ice Climbing | Nathan Gobes, Champlain College
First Place – Personal Films
Stolen | Rhea Hayes & Alex Schlater, Champlain College
First Place – Art & Culture
Hunting & Fishing in Vermont | Martha Howe, Green Mountain College
Both of these will premiere on these days/times on the Vermont PBS Main Channel and the Plus Channel. PBS will be rebroadcasting these following those premieres, and they will also be available streaming 24 hours after they premiere. (Once PBS has a web page up for a program it will have re-broadcast dates as well as the streaming content when its available.)