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University of Vermont // LGBTQ Activist // Filmmaker

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"Alex Escaja is an award-winning filmmaker, an advocate for the LGBTQ community, and a student at the University of Vermont majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies. Growing up in a multi-lingual household, 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 establishes connections and fosters empathy between people of different backgrounds. His first film won a video contest hosted by NASA in 2013, and Alex has produced videos ever since, winning a variety of local and national film contests throughout the years – including a recent screening at the 2017 YoungFilmmakers Series in New York City. Outside of film, Alex works alongside an assortment of organizations, including Outright Vermont and Planned Parenthood, as an advocate and peer educator for LGBTQ youth. Alex is a Student Representative Board Member and Youth Leadership Council Member at Outright Vermont, where he tours as a panelist and advisor on the importance of inclusivity in classrooms. Alex is the Activism Committee Chair of UVM's Queer Student Union, led as the president and founder of his high school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club, and has interned at a variety of multimedia companies in addition to independent film production."

A W A R D S A N D H O N O R S

2018 Choice Champion Award from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

2017 Vermont Filmmakers Showcase at the Vermont International Film Festival

2017 Official Selection at the YoungFilmmakers Summer Screening in New York City

2017 Second Place Winner under High School Personal Narratives at the Freedom & Unity Film Contest

2017 Vermont Folklife Center Ethnographic Award at the Freedom & Unity Film Contest

2017 Audience Choice Award and screening at the Phillips Academy Interscholastic Film Festival

2016 Outright Youth Activist of the Year Award

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

Community Service and Leadership Award at South Burlington High School

Excellence in Digital Media Award at South Burlington High School

Social Studies in Action Award at South Burlington High School

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