Scout Film Festival (Scout)—is an annual international event that celebrates emerging filmmakers - aged 24 and under - through short film. Every year, Scout launches an open call to emerging filmmakers worldwide. All films are written, produced and directed by filmmakers 24 and under. Scout offers various categories of entry in two age groups - for high school filmmakers, aged 18 and under - and filmmakers aged 19-24.

Scout honors the passion, talent, and accomplishments of these young storytellers by showcasing their films. As part of the celebration, Scout organizes a two-day event with an opening reception, an awards ceremony, and a networking brunch. Additionally, to further support the attending filmmakers, Scout coordinates a series of educational programs with industry partners that include workshops and talks. 


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.


In 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.

Since then, over 4000 filmmakers aged 24 and under from over 105 countries have submitted their short films for consideration. Each year Scout continues to attract high-caliber content for screening, award-winning film industry leaders to sit on our jury, offer workshops and mentorships and dedicated volunteers who keep us going on the ground.Founded with the vision of providing a platform for young voices to connect, Scout has developed into a global community network of thoughtful, creative dreamers, industry professionals and supporting sponsors who believe in empowering young filmmakers - future leaders.

Scout produces an annual international event that celebrates and empowers emerging filmmakers through short film. The event presents films, workshops, talks, youth/emerging art and music networking events and receptions. Scout offers a platform for emerging voices and talent around the world, giving validity and strength to young people who focus their energy on building meaningful connections through their art, through film and storytelling.

Scout has a meaningful impact on our community of international artists, not just in their filmmaking abilities, but in their desire to take action in their communities, to be connected to like-minded peers, and to make a difference in the world. By collaborating with them in this way, we empower them to amplify the impact they are able to have. Scout offers a home where emerging storytellers become energized with access to resources, direction, opportunities, connectivity, support, and a community of like-minded peers.

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

Scout Film Festival

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