The Vermont Movie Filmmakers Launch Statewide Youth Video Contest

The filmmakers from “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie” enthusiastically announce the launch of Freedom & Unity TV, a new film contest aimed to inspire and mentor young Vermonters, ages 14-25, to make short films about Vermont from their points of view and experience. What contributions do young people make to their communities? What are their stories and dreams for the future? What are the challenges of growing up here? What aspects of Vermont history fascinate them?

“The Vermont Movie” premiered in the fall of 2013 and aired on Vermont PBS Plus this past July. The documentary provides a rich tapestry of Vermont history and culture in six feature-length films, through the eyes and styles of 40+ seasoned local filmmakers. Now they want to include the voices of young Vermont filmmakers, foster their creativity and reveal the topics that they feel are important.

With this in mind, the Vermont Movie filmmakers — along with high school and college teachers and public-access staff – have been mentoring young contestants throughout the contest period, which ends April 10th, 2015. Our professional filmmakers are leading brainstorming, production, and post-production workshops.

In addition, due to popular demand, a special category has been added for people under the age of 14 and over 25 who have an idea for a short film about Vermont. While cash awards will not be offered for this category, the winner will receive a one-on-one critique session of their work with one of the professional filmmakers.

The winning films will be showcased on www.FreedomandUnityTV.net as well as on YouTube and Vimeo, shown on public access channels and television throughout Vermont, and at local film festivals. Freedom & Unity TV is supported by the Vermont Community Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, and The Vermont Country Store.

Film length: 2 to 15 minutes.
Submission deadline: April 10th, 2015.
Genres accepted: Documentary, fiction, animation and experimental.
Prizes given in all categories: $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd.