Grants & Open Calls
Open Call

Scout Film Festival 2020 Emerging Filmmakers Grant (aged 18 and Under)

  • An opportunity for emerging filmmakers worldwide aged 18 and Under to receive $5,000 cash for the completion of a new short film project or work in progress. 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.
Accepting submissions: December 12 to March 9, 2020


Fanshen Cox
award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator
One Drop of Love

The award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is currently touring her one-woman show:  One Drop of Love . Fanshen is also Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films. She served as a Peace Corps... read on

Kelly Edwards
Senior Vice President of Talent Development
WarnerMedia Entertainment (HBO, HBOMax, Turner)

As the SVP of Talent Development for WarnerMedia Entertainment Kelly Edwards oversees all emerging artist programs for HBO, HBOMax, and Turner. Edwards brought an innovative new approach to developing the company’s writing and directing... read on

Cheryl Bedford
Producer/Educator/Activist - Founder of WOC Unite/Creator of The JTC List, NAACP Image Award Nominated Producer for "Dark Girls”, Former Chair of Diversity
Cheryl L. Bedford Productions

Cheryl L. Bedford, a NAACP Image Award Nominee for “Dark Girls” and Baltimore native, holds a BFA from NYU’s TSOA and MFA in Producing from AFI. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. As a Production Manager, Line Producer,... read on

Kate Bubacz
Deputy Photo Director
Buzzfeed News

Kate Bubacz is the deputy photo director for BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at ABC News and The New York Post. She started photographing as a kid on vacation and when she’s not looking at pictures, she likes to travel and cook. I am... read on

Kris Meyer
Emmy nominated Film & Television Producer

Kris Meyer (born July 1, 1969) is an Emmy-nominated American film and television producer. He is known for his work on   Me, Myself & Irene   (2000),   Shallow Hal   (2001) and   Hall Pass   (2011). Kris... read on

Sana Venjara
Time Inc / Meredith Formerly @Facebook

Sana Venjara is a senior producer at Time Inc. Prior to joining Meredith, she was a senior curator at Facebook. 

Laurie Weltz
Screenwriter + Director

Laurie Weltz is a screenwriter and director. Her debut feature, WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS , premiered at Sundance , where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize before being released theatrically and on television. Her second feature film,... read on

DeMane Davis
Director + Producer

DeMane Davis is a TV Director and a Producer. Ava DuVernay graciously asked DeMane to direct two episodes of the second season of her groundbreaking TV series Queen Sugar which airs on The Oprah Winfrey Network OWN . Ava has changed the entire... read on

Colin Trevorrow
Film director and screenwriter

Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow re-launched the Jurassic franchise with the smash hit, Jurassic World, which he co-wrote and directed.  The Universal release is the highest grossing summer film in box office history.     Most recently,... read on