Freedom and Unity TV Youth Film Competition 2015-2016

Project Description

Since September 2014, young Vermonters age 14 to 25 have been working on short films about Vermont and about their lives, passions, experiences, and interests. The filmmakers from Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie have been mentoring these young filmmakers in workshops around the state. The films they have made are competing for awards in the first Freedom & Unity TV contest. Below: a few of the students' films from the competition.

The Richer Whiter State contrasts the colorblind view of race that is commonplace in Vermont with the real stories and experiences of People of Color in Vermont public schools. When we move beyond colorblindness and actually see race in schools, this is what we see.

Vermont is one of the best states for LGBTQ+ people to live in. This video consults some of the stories and tips from local Vermont youth, narrated by Alex Escaja. This film was entered in the Freedom & Unity Film Contest and Awards Festival and wont the 1st Place Award under Contemporary Issues, as well as, the Judge's Pick Award. 

Breaking Binary, a film by Eva Rochereau, Becca Cottrell, and Fiona Nelson, looks at gender binaries. Breaking Binary won the Folklife Center Ethnographic Film Award at the Freedom and Unity TV Youth Film Competition.