ABOUT

University of Vermont // LGBTQ Activist // Artist // Filmmaker

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"Featured in Teen Vogue as one of GLAAD's 20 Under 20 Rising Stars, Alex Escaja is an award-winning filmmaker, an advocate for the LGBTQ community, and a student at the University of Vermont double majoring in Film Studies and Gender Studies. Speaking three languages at home, Alex was exposed to different cultures and viewpoints at an early age. Alex found films to be a perfect platform to express social issues in a way that fosters connection between people of different backgrounds. His first film won a video contest hosted by NASA in 2011, and Alex has produced videos ever since, winning a variety of local and national film contests throughout the years. Outside of film, Alex has worked alongside an assortment of organizations, including Outfest, GLAAD, and Planned Parenthood, as an advocate and peer educator for the LGBTQ community. Alex was a Youth Representative Board Member at Outright Vermont, where he toured as a panelist and advisor on the importance of inclusivity in classrooms. Other positions of leadership have included serving as the President of the UVM Film Club, Activism Committee Chair of the Queer Student Union, and the president and founder of his high school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club. Alex has interned at a variety of multimedia companies in addition to independent film production."

AWARDS AND HONORS

20 Under 20 Rising Stars from GLAAD and Teen Vogue (2020)

Choice Champion Award from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (2018)

Outright Youth Activist of the Year Award (2016)

First Prize Winner and Judge's Pick Award for the Freedom & Unity Film Contest (2016)

Community Service and Leadership Award at South Burlington High School (2016)

Excellence in Digital Media Award at South Burlington High School (2016)

Social Studies in Action Award at South Burlington High School (2015)

Third Place Winner in NASA's 2011 Optimus Prime Spinoff Film Contest

CURRICULUM VITAE (EXTENDED)