Scout Short Film Grants

CATEGORY: 18 and under

An opportunity for emerging filmmakers worldwide aged 18 and under to receive $5,000 of cash and in-kind support for the completion of a new short narrative or documentary project or work in progress.

Accepting submissions: August 10 to October 26, 2018

Submit via Visura: https://visura.co/open-calls/submit/33
Submit via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/ScoutFilmFestivalShortFilmGrant

Photo by Nguyễn Minh Chiến


CATEGORY: 19 to 24 

An opportunity for emerging filmmakers worldwide aged 19 to 24 to receive $5,000 of cash and in-kind support for the completion of a new short narrative or documentary project or work in progress.

Accepting submissions: August 10 to October 26, 2018

Submit via Visura: https://visura.co/open-calls/submit/33
Submit via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/ScoutFilmFestivalShortFilmGrant


Photo by Jakob Owens 

Industry Jury

Olivia Rodrigo is a 15-year-old actress, currently starring in the Disney Channel’s international hit, Bizaardvark. She plays Paige, a high schooler who creates comedy videos with her best friend for their social media channel. Olivia got her start as Grace in the American Girl movie, Grace Stirs Up Success.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys playing music, songwriting, and going to the movies with her friends. She is excited to participate in a project that gives a voice to young filmmakers.
Sara Shepard is the author of over thirty novels, including the New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, both of which were adapted for television on Freeform. Her latest novel is called The Elizas, which is also being adapted for television. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Katie Elmore Mota is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and director who was recently named one of the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Women in Entertainment in 2016. She is the founder and co-president of Wise Entertainment and served as executive producer and co-showrunner of the five-time Emmy-nominated series "East Los High", where she also directed several episodes, including the finale event. She currently has a TV series in development with Super Deluxe and is serving as executive producer on DirecTV and DirecTV Now’s "Shine On with Reese". She is also adapting a popular Wattpad story for the television market.

Katie serves on the advisory board of Hollywood Health and Society through the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. Katie also recently penned a piece for Time Magazine’s Motto called "Diversity is About More Than Checking Boxes".
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is an award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator. Fanshen is currently touring her one-woman show: One Drop of Love and is also Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and holds a BA in Spanish & Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in Acting and Performance.

Fanshen serves on the boards of Mixed Roots Stories, The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, and Project Greenlight Digital Studios. Fanshen is also a co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand.

Kate Bubacz is the deputy photo director for BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at ABC News and The New York Post. She started photographing as a kid on vacation and when she’s not looking at pictures, she likes to travel and cook.

Kate is interested in documentary work, portraiture, stories and people. She is a photo editor because she feel that editors are the gatekeepers of information, and she wants to influence how people see the world through stories. Kate continue to shoot personal work in her free time.


Izabella Tzenkova is a film and commercials producer between New York and Los Angeles.
She produced Crystal Moselle’s award-winning documentary, The Wolfpack which took the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and her first narrative feature Skate Kitchen (2018) coming out in theaters around the world late summer/early fall. She also produced Andrey Paounov's documentary about Christo, Walking On Water (2018) premiering this fall.

Her next projects include scribe Aslihan Unaldi's directorial debut, a Turkish family drama and a Vice feature documentary on the artist, Dash Snow directed by Cheryl Dunn (Everybody Street).