Letter from the founder
Today’s teenagers live in an age that poses unique challenges for their sense of worth and sense of common humanity. Teenagers are inspiring in the freedom they inhabit and their declarations and inventions. But, being young right now often means being one, invisible person in an ever-growing, digitally-connected population of millions of invisible people. With endless technology and thousands of impersonal “interactions” as a result, our young people seek connections which build their compassion, personal engagement with and understanding of their peers, their world. We live in a time of constant communication, and so too do we live in a time of greater distance and anonymity that is depriving our youth of a vital need to connect.
By sharing each other's human stories in person, through film, the common threads and feelings of growing up will help teenage, devoted storytellers see familiarity in those around them and consider others a compliment to themselves.
Through Scout, through storytelling and celebration, we remind our teenagers they are individually unique and talented, their creative stories can empower them, and we can reassure them that they are collectively responsible for the legacy of their generation - through their lens.
I invite you to support and enjoy stories that will entertain you for a few moments and impact you for life. And I extend a special invitation to those teen filmmakers out there with ideas to share; your film is your voice and we hear you - please inspire and connect us.Local Love, Global Love
About the Founder
A resident of Stowe, Vermont—Anna Colavito has focused her entire professional career in project and creative management and production in advertising and film. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Anna triple majored in photography, anthropology and english. She is an independent film lover dedicated to supporting the open expression of young artists. Scout Film Festival is the culmination of Anna's personal and professional experiences combined with her belief in offering a dynamic venue for teens to focus their energy.
Within her 14 years in advertising, Anna worked at acclaimed agencies Arnold Worldwide in Boston and Fallon, BBH and J Walter Thompson in New York City. She managed creative projects from initiation through production, guiding schedules, budgets, art and production, creative and technical processes. Anna became Associate Director of Project Management and Creative Manager responsible for 20 project managers and over 100 creatives (art directors, designers, copywriters).
In 2002, Anna joined the GenArt Film Festival as Producer and Tech Screener. In addition to screening hundreds of submissions, Anna served as liaison between GenArt, the filmmakers and theaters, scheduling and managing tech screenings with filmmakers and projectionists to ensure perfect technical outcome for premiere.
In building the Scout Film Festival, Anna engaged the Creative Media Art and Design department of Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park, VT as sounding board, think tank and creative team. She then joined the Advisory Board as an ongoing opportunity to positively affect and learn from the exact target of her project.