New 1-credit teacher course available!

In collaboration with Castleton University and Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative, Freedom & Unity is pleased to offer a new 1-credit course in mentoring student video production. Vermont teachers can earn credit for their work in the classroom as they help their students create films for the 2016 Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest. Space in the course is limited, so sign up today!

Course Dates and Times

Jan 9 – Jan. 30, 2016 with final project due April 12.

Registration deadline is December 21, 2015


The course opens with a Residential Day at Castleton University on January 9.
It continues online through VTVLC for second part of course.


 Upon completion of the course, 1 credit hour will be given through Castleton University

Registration Download registration form and mail with a check for $200 to:

Freedom & Unity TV
P.O. Box 322
Norwich VT 05055

Course Description:
 The course provides instruction to advance participants’ skills in teaching/mentoring  student filmmakers, to increase participants’ understanding of the Freedom & Unity Vermont Youth Film Contest, and to introduce effective ways to motivate students to start and finish their films.

Course Aims:
 * Understand the different modes of cinematic expression: narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation, experiment with filmmaking tools, and learn feedback essentials as teachers/mentors of young filmmakers.

* Understand the ins and outs of the VT Youth Contest 2016: respond critically to topics and categories of films for the 2016 competition, understand the guidelines for the competition, apply competition’s judging criteria in articulating responses to student films.

* Provide effective feedback on youth-produced films, support students in finishing a film and entering it in the contest (how to mentor students as they make their films, finding community mentors, entering films by the deadline).

About the Youth Film Contest
: Founded in 2014, the Freedom & Unity Vermont Youth Film Contest is an annual contest for young people ages 14-25. It started as an offshoot of the documentary Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, a six-part documentary film about Vermont’s history and contemporary culture. The Vermont Movie was a collaborative effort, created by filmmakers across the Green Mountain State!