Scout Film Festival, in partnership with Colin Trevorrow and Visura, is delighted to announce the 2022 Grant Recipients. Natalie Jasmine Harris is this year's winner of the professional grant, and Ian Kim is the recipient of the student grant.
“Today’s technology gives young filmmakers from all backgrounds an unprecedented opportunity to create,” said Trevorrow, “I’m proud to partner with the Scout Film Festival to support our next generation of storytellers”.
Scout received over 500 submissions from all over the world! The selection process was challenging due to the powerful work that is being produced by filmmakers aged 24 and under. A special thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted their projects for consideration.
We celebrate each and every one of you, encourage you to continue perfecting your craft, and look forward to seeing your work in the future!
Natalie Jasmine Harris, 24, is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in film and television. She is currently a Creative Culture Filmmaking Fellow at The Jacob Burns Film Center. Natalie is in production with her film, Grace, for which she received this grant.
Grace is a dramatic Black Southern Gothic and queer short film set in the 1950s that explores the conflicts that religious traditions and rites of passage often present in relation to identity formation. It’s a film about faith, hot combs, peach picking, and summer love. It rewrites and rights the history validating that Queer Black women have always been here; thriving, existing, and being.
Ian Kim is a 16-year-old Korean-American filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. He is a junior at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California.
My Sisters in the Stars: The Story of Lee Yong-soo the film for which he was awarded the grant, is a short animated documentary about the life of Lee Yong-soo, an activist and survivor of the Japanese World War II-era “Comfort Women” system of human trafficking and sexual slavery. The film intends to educate students and young people around the world on the “Comfort Women” issue, the effects of war and colonialism on women and minority communities, and the dangers of rewriting history. More broadly, it also seeks to introduce topics in Asian history to a Western audience and present the tragedy of this issue with a power and urgency that leads to engagement and action.