Scout is thrilled to offer the Grant for Emerging Filmmakers. For the second year, this grant is sponsored by American director and screenwriter, Colin Trevorrow, known for the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), and the blockbuster hit Jurassic World.

As part of Scout's Career Development Program, in partnership with Visura.co, this open call is an opportunity for two emerging filmmakers to receive $5,000.00 in cash for the completion of a new short film or work in progress in one of two separate age categories; 18 and Under or 19 to 24. The winners will be announced and prize distributed during the 2020 Scout Film Festival April 16-18 in Boston, MA.

The mission of the grant is to 1) recognize filmmakers aged 24 and under; 2) support a new film or work in progress; 3) bring the work of filmmakers to key industry leaders worldwide; and 4) support the next generation of film leaders.

DEADLINE: February 29, 2020 at 11:59:00pm EST

For more information, please email us at info@scoutfilmfestival.org or visit Scout's website: www.scoutfilmfestival.org.

We are excited to see your work from a completely different angle and watch it come to life.

“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.” -Colin Trevorrow

Scout Film Festival, in partnership with Visura.co is proud to continue our Career Development Program in support of filmmakers aged 24 and under . This Program works to offer grants, scholarships, mentorships, internships and other career opportunities to emerging filmmakers worldwide.

In addition to our annual 3-day film festival, we are excited to launch the second annual open call for submissions to the Scout Film Festival Emerging FIlmmakers Grant. This is an opportunity for emerging filmmakers worldwide aged 24 and under to receive $5,000 and in-kind support for the completion of a new short narrative or documentary project or work in progress. The winner will be announced and distributed at Scout Film Festival Awards Ceremony April 16-18, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Note, we are simultaneously holding identical open calls for filmmakers aged 18 and under as well as 19 to 24 - PLEASE be sure to submit in the proper age category or you may be disqualified.

-Cheryl Bedford, Producer; Founder of the JTC List/Women of Color Unite
-DeMane Davis, TV Director and Producing Director, Queen Sugar; Filmmaker
-Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, Head of Strategic Outreach Pearl Street Films, Writer/Performer One Drop of Love, co-author of the Inclusion Rider
-Kate Bubacz, Deputy Director of Photography at BuzzFeed
-Kelly Edwards, Senior Vice President; Talent Development HBO
-Kris Meyer, Producer (There’s Something About Mary), Emmy-nominated Producer ESPN/The Lost Son of Havana
-Laurie Weltz, Award Winning feature Director and Screenwriter



Scout Film Festival (Scout) announced Colin Trevorrow as Sponsor of two Scout Film Festival short film grants. Mr. Trevorrow is funding a $10,000 grant split between the 18 and under and 19 to 24 categories, and will join the panel of Judges to review and select the winner. Mr. Trevorrow’s sponsorship represents his tremendous commitment to championing the next generation of storytellers and provides an unparalleled opportunity for young artists to have their work reviewed by one of the industry’s leading filmmakers.

An opportunity for emerging filmmakers worldwide aged 24 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.

$5,000 and in-kind support for the completion of a new short narrative or documentary project or work in progress.

How/What to Submit:
Submit proposal for a new short narrative or documentary project or work in progress.
- Entrant must create a FREE Visura profile at www.visura.co, a networking platform to build websites, connect with visual storytellers, and share news
- Projects should be in planning or in progress
- Projects should not exceed 20 minutes in final format
- Projects should be subtitled in English if language of origin is otherwise
- Completed projects will be considered if produced within the past year
Submission must include:
- birth date of writer and/or director
- Film proposal
- Abbreviated budget and ideal production timeline
- Film Location: town/state/country
- Original language of film
- Sample of the director’s previous work
- Applications lacking in supporting material will not be considered for evaluation nor will the applicant be contacted to send the missing material

Supporting files/samples for submitted project and previous works can be uploaded here or can be included as links.

A reader/screening committee will assess the received proposals and select the proposal to be sent to the Industry Jury. A panel of film and media industry professionals along with representatives from Scout Film Festival will review a select group of filmmaker projects for funding consideration. Winning filmmakers will be required to share their finished film at the Scout Film Festival within the first year of completion. All filmmakers submitting for this grant must be aged 24 and under when submitting the proposal and can be located anywhere in the world other than Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria in order to participate. The winning film must have a single page film credit at end or beginning of film acknowledging the Scout Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Grant as a provider of production funds for said film.
All music and other copyrighted material (images, videos, etc.) used in the final film must be properly licensed. There are various resources that offer free music and images.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: To submit your Film you will be required to provide your first and last name; birth date; email address; and content/director URL. The information you provide will be used only for contest administration and to contact contest winners. Your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any party not affiliated with the Festival and the Contest except to the extent permitted by law.

Winning filmmaker will be notified in person, at Scout Film Festival April 16-18, 2020 in Boston, MA OR via the email address provided on the entry form on same date. The winning proposal/filmmaker will be announced at the 2020 Scout Film Festival Awards Ceremony.
Winner will be chosen by the Industry Jury and the Festival on the merits of each entry in the Festival’s sole and absolute discretion. If a winner does not respond to the notification within ten (10) business days, another winner will be chosen. Failure to respond within the time frames listed above shall mean that the provisional winner forfeits the prize.

An Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If an Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the Festival in the manner set forth in these Terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry, music licenses and location releases. The Festival reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the Festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.
Any Entry not in English must contain English subtitles.
By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Festival may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Festival may be similar to the Entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to the Entrant in connection with such other Entry or other works used by the Festival.