2017 Youth Film Contest

The 2017/2018 Vermont Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest was an enormous success! The contest "invites young Vermonters to create films that explore the life and culture of the Green Mountain State, both past and present." The Jamie Kanzler Experimental Film Award was given to How I Became Me: My Story by Lia Callahan.  Click here for the complete list of winning films and filmmakers as well as links to see the films on the Freedom & Unity YouTube channel. The Experimental Film award was sponsored by the Jamie Kanzler fund in memory of his love and talent for experimental film. 

In 2018, we were so pleased to give two Jamie Kanzler Independent Film Awards- one to Aleksander Cheraskov  for his film "Cool Sugar" and the other to Tyler DeForge  for his film "Abandonment " . Aleksander's film is full of nuance, humor and originality. Tyler's film is courageous and honest.