2022 Emerging Filmmakers Grant 
Winners, Finalists, Honorable Mentions 

For the fourth year Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, in partnership with Visura.co, sponsors the Scout Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Grants. This is an opportunity for two emerging filmmakers to receive a $5,000.00 cash grant for the completion of a new short film or work in progress in one of two separate age categories; 18 and Under and 19 to 24.

Writer, director and producer Colin Trevorrow is best known for re-launching the Jurassic franchise with the 2015 Universal release JURASSIC WORLD, which he co-wrote and directed. Trevorrow also co-wrote and executive produced the follow up film, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM in 2018 and directed, co-wrote and executive produced the final chapter in the Jurassic series, JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION.

“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”.

A special thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted their projects for consideration. Scout received hundreds of powerful submissions from all over the world! 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!


 19 TO 24    1950s, USA. Thirteen-year-old Grace and her...
19 TO 24

1950s, USA. Thirteen-year-old Grace and her two sisters spend every summer at their grandparents’ house down south. However, this summer will be unlike any other. Now that she’s finally 13, Grace must participate in the communal tradition of baptism. When she learns that a repentance is required before the ritual, she begins to question the budding romantic feelings that she has for her best friend, Louise.

In production Fall 2022.

Natalie Jasmine Harris is a Black queer filmmaker from Silver Spring, Maryland currently based in NYC. She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in May 2020.

Natalie writes, directs, and produces narrative films, documentaries, and commercials.

She is currently a Creative Culture Filmmaking Fellow at The Jacob Burns Film Center and is in post-production for a Pride commercial that she directed for Hyundai.

Natalie’s most recent narrative short film, PURE, received The 2020 Directors Guild of America's Student Film Award and recently finished a film festival run that included over 50 festival screenings worldwide. In February 2022, the short film was acquired by HBO and is now available to stream on HBOMax. The film has received numerous press recognition from publications that include Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Cut, NBC News, and many more. Natalie is currently adapting the concept behind "Pure" into a feature-length film of the same name that is a 2021 recipient of The SFFILM Rainin Grant and was selected to be a part of The 2021 Gotham Project Market, 2021 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, 2022 Inside Out Financing Forum, and 2022 WIF and Sundance Institute Financing Intensive.
 18 AND UNDER        My Sisters in the Stars: The Story...

My Sisters in the Stars: The Story of Lee Yong-soo  is a short animated documentary about the life of  Lee Yong-soo, known in Korea as Grandma Lee, an  activist and survivor of the Japanese World War II-era “Comfort Women” system of human trafficking and sexual slavery. My 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.

Ian Kim is a 16-year-old Korean-American filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist and a junior at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California.

For 5 years, he worked closely with peers and Holocaust survivors at the Righteous Conversations Project, where he co-directed four short animated documentaries on the lives of child survivors of the Holocaust. The films went on to win selections and awards from film festivals around the world, including Mill Valley, NFFTY, Heartland, Newport Beach, Scout, and the American Pavilion at Cannes.

In 2020 Ian became an editor at the youth-led Covideo Project, creating short documentaries about the lives of teens around the world during the early months of the pandemic, for which he won a Scholastic Gold Medal.

As a sophomore, he was selected as a YoungArts finalist for his photo series “Grandmother” about Korean American identity and assimilation, and won a Scholastic Gold Medal for his self-portraiture. His work in photography is also currently exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.




  Big Day    by Ahmed Samir
Big Day

by Ahmed Samir
  Caramel Harbor    by Skya Theobold
Caramel Harbor

by Skya Theobold
  Dreams & Nightmares    by Coral Ortiz
Dreams & Nightmares

by Coral Ortiz
  En Plein Air    by Morgana McKenzie
En Plein Air

by Morgana McKenzie
  Jori    by Hunter Adams

by Hunter Adams
  Manic Beauty    by Alexander Casimir
Manic Beauty

by Alexander Casimir
  The Mutt     by Hannah Mayo
The Mutt 

by Hannah Mayo
  Wide Eyes     by Hector Coles
Wide Eyes 

by Hector Coles


  Dura Lex Sed Lex    by Alessandro del Castillo
Dura Lex Sed Lex

by Alessandro del Castillo
  Las Tres Llaves    by Manuel Vico
Las Tres Llaves

by Manuel Vico
  Macula    by Maria Bacelar

by Maria Bacelar
  Paper Life    by Pavlo Mishin
Paper Life

by Pavlo Mishin
  The parts of you that are now mine    by Aliette Marne
The parts of you that are now mine

by Aliette Marne
  The Therapist    by Anita Neiva
The Therapist

by Anita Neiva

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