Scout Film Festival

The mission of Scout Film Festival (Scout) is to encourage creative work, connect emerging filmmakers with their peers and celebrate the expression of emerging filmmakers worldwide.

Located in Stowe, Vermont, The Scout Film Festival (Scout) is an annual international event that celebrates emerging filmmakers through short film.

Every year, over the course of three days, this unique Vermont event celebrates emerging filmmakers worldwide. Scout honors the passions, talents and accomplishments of youth by showcasing the efforts young storytellers have made in original filmmaking. Scout is an event to enjoy the art of film and storytelling through the lens of our energetic next generation.

During Scout Film Festival budding filmmakers will come together with their peers and industry professionals to share, appreciate and hone their craft. Through Scout, they will find a place where their creativity, curiosity, viewpoints, diversity and belief in self are championed. They will meet people and discover resources to help them envision and achieve their goals within the film industry and other endeavors. They will enjoy a host of exciting, creative events throughout the festival and the town of Stowe.

Scout will provide an organized, tangible venue of events including :

Opening night reception | Screenings, Panels, Awards Ceremony | Peer engagement and feedback sessions | Thank you brunch & Best In Screening

Entry categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Female Filmmaker, Horror, Made in VT, Music Video, Public Service Announcement, TV or Other Broadcast
Announcing the following categories for filmmakers aged 19-24: Short Documentary by Filmmakers Aged 19-24 and Short Narrative by Filmmakers Aged 19-24

Additional Festival Awards: Overall Film, Direction, Editing, Screenplay, Cinematography

Awards & Prizes
Our super collaborator and sponsor GetFilming, an online film school & community, is offering a free course to each filmmaker (age 24 and under) who submits to Scout this year! Yes, they know we had 987 submissions in 2017 and, yes, they’re psyched to school as many young filmmakers as we get for 2018! Helping you make awesome films is what they live to do! With 18k Twitter and 123k Instagram followers… They make a lot of awesome. One of our festival producers will send you the code for your free course after you submit and we verify your age.

In partnership with Adolescent, we present sponsored Awards - Best Director and Best Emerging Director! These awards come with a contract with Adolescent Content and a budget to make a non-fiction/social experiment 2-3 min video which premieres on their platform,

Building excellent packages, check back!

Rules & Terms
The contest is open to filmmakers 24 years old or under worldwide. Please read and be aware the majority of our categories for entry are open to filmmakers 18 and under, there are two specific categories for filmmakers between 19 and 24. The film’s director(s) must have been 18 and under OR between 19 and 24 years old or while filming the project. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.
All music and other copyrighted material (images, videos, etc.) used in the films must be properly licensed. There are various resources that offer free music and images.
All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

HOW TO ENTER: Create a film of twenty (20) minutes or less in length (unless another length limit is specified for the category).
Follow the instructions here on FilmFreeway to submit your Film.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: To submit your Film you will be required to provide your first and last name; birth date; school/company/organization name (in comments box if not indicated in drop down menu); email address; and Film URL. The information you provide will be used only for contest administration and to contact contest winners. Your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any party not affiliated with the Festival and the Contest except to the extent permitted by law.

Participating filmmakers to be included in the festival screenings will be notified via the email address provided on the entry form on February 12, 2018. The winning films/filmmakers in each category will be announced in May/June 2018 at the awards show.
Participants and final winners will be chosen by the Festival on the merits of each entry in the Festival’s sole and absolute discretion other than in Audience Award category. All winners will be notified by the email address provided in the entry form. If a winner does not respond to the notification within ten (10) business days, another winner will be chosen. Failure to respond within the time frames listed above shall mean that the provisional winner forfeits the prize.

Entries may not contain, as determined by the Festival, in its sole discretion, any content that:
An Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If an Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the Festival in the manner set forth in these Terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry, music licenses and location releases. The Festival reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the Festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Any Entry not in English must contain English subtitles.
By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Festival may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Festival may be similar to the Entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to the Entrant in connection with such other Entry or other works used by the Festival.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair