Welcome to Scout Film Festival (Scout)—a 501c3 non-profit organization that produces an annual international event celebrating emerging filmmakers - aged 24 and under - through short film. Our mission is to empower and connect filmmakers and audiences through a curated collection of diverse stories. Our team works to encourage creative thinking, connect emerging filmmakers with peers and industry leaders, and engage youth in making the world a better place through film.
Founded by Anna Colavito and cofounder Adriana Teresa Letorney with the vision of providing an international platform for young filmmakers to connect—Scout has developed into a global community network of thoughtful and creative thinkers; visual storytellers, industry professionals, and partner organizations. Together, we work to empower young filmmakers - future leaders.
Over 4000 filmmakers aged 24 and under from 105 countries have submitted their short films.
In 2018, we launched a Career Development Program that offers grants, workshops, and mentorships with award-winning film industry leaders. The Emerging Storytellers Grant is sponsored by Jurassic World's Writer and Director, Colin Trevorrow.
A 501c3 non-profit organization, the mission of Scout Film Festival is to encourage creative work, connect emerging filmmakers with peers and industry leaders, engage youth in taking action, and celebrate the open expression of today’s storytellers.
OverviewIn September 2015, the first Scout Film Festival (Scout) was launched through an open call to young filmmakers worldwide - inspired by the idea that shared storytelling can build community.
Scout provides an organized, tangible venue of events including:
Opening Night Reception and Entertainment, Film Screenings throughout the day, Breakout Sessions with Industry Experts throughout the day, Awards Ceremony including: a Red Carpet (dress it up!); Musical Entertainment; Reception directly following, and Final Networking Gathering.
Entry categories (each category offered in separate age categories - Filmmakers 18 and Under and Filmmakers Aged 19 to 24): Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Female Filmmaker, Horror, Music Video, Public Service Announcement, TV or Other Broadcast
Additional Scout Film Festival Awards to be decided by our panel of young filmmakers and industry judges: Best Actor, Best Actress, Cinematography, Direction, Editing and Special Effects, Overall Film, Screenplay