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The Scout Emerging Storytellers Grant (ages 18 and under)

Scout Film Festival (Scout) announced Colin Trevorrow as Sponsor of two inaugural 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 18 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.

Final call. Deadline extended 24 hours.
Accepting submissions: August 10 to November 28, 2018
Visit: Scout Film Festival

Status: Closed

Applications are currently closed.

Application procedure

- All submissions are made via a “Project” created from your Visura dashboard (see "How to submit" below for info/direction regarding creating "dashboard")
- Projects should be in planning or in progress
- Projects should not exceed 20 minutes in final, edited format
- Projects should be subtitled in English if language of origin is otherwise
- Completed projects do not qualify for consideration

Submit an electronic package including:
- About (200 words or less): 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 (link to website/Vimeo/YouTube channel)

How to submit:
Each entry consists of one film proposal, abbreviated budget and ideal production timeline, and a sample of the director's previous work. Supporting files/samples for submitted project and previous works can be uploaded directly to the application or can be included as links to files on sharing websites (such as Vimeo, YouTube).
- Limit of one project per person
- Instructions on how to embed Videos to the Visura platform, here 
- For active Visura members, projects may be “published” or “private” within the Visura system
(learn more about Project Privacy settings)
- For Basic Visura members projects are automatically "private" (all non-Visura members submitting to this grant will automatically create a Basic account when you first sign in - free for the duration of the grant process and very quick)
- Applications lacking in supporting material will not be considered for evaluation nor will the applicant be contacted to send the missing material

Who can submit: 
Individuals aged 18 and under working in film medium. All Applicants must have an active BASIC, STANDARD, PLUS, PRIME or GUILD membership account to submit for consideration. For non-members, when you submit to The Scout Film Festival Short Film Grant, you are required to create a free Basic account with Visura which you will be prompted to do at the very beginning of the application process - this only takes a moment.
Please note that while we encourage new members to join Visura (review costs), we actively discourage you from joining the paid levels for the sole purpose of applying to this grant.

- For further inquiries regarding the open call, contact Scout at 
- For tech support, contact

Terms & conditions

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 and Adolescent Content 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 ...

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November 28, 2018 (11:59pm, EST)


Over $5,000 cash and in-kind support will be presented to one winner aged 18 and under.


  • Anna Colavito
    Founder & Executive Director
    Scout Film Festival

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

  • Colin Trevorrow
    Film director and screenwriter

  • Izabella Tzenkova
    Producer. Produced multiple feature films including the award-winning documentary The Wolfpack and the soon-to-be-released Skate Kitchen.

  • Kate Bubacz
    Deputy Photo Director
    Buzzfeed News

  • Katie Elmore
    co-Founder and President
    Wise Entertainment

  • Kris Meyer
    Emmy nominated Film & Television Producer

  • Sara Shepard
    Pretty Little Liars. The Perfectionists. The Amateurs. The Elizas.

  • Olivia Rodrigo

Submission fee

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