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Avon Scholarship Essay Contest
“Why Film Matters”

The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Avon Scholarship Essay Contest with prizes totaling $7.000. The scholarship awards will be presented at a ceremony at 7:15pm at the theatre on June 3, 2020 prior to the screening of the new documentary, BLOODROOT. The contest is open to high school seniors in both public and private schools throughout Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY.

Essay Details
Students are asked to submit a 500 – 750 word essay on “Why Film Matters” based on a film they have seen that opened in 2019 or 2020. The film can be a feature, documentary, American or foreign. Students are asked to write about how film impacts our society as well as how their film selection affected them personally. Each essay will be read by two independent judges, all of whom are authors, professional writers, script writers or filmmakers. The top finalists will then be read by two additional judges, who will select the final winners.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 15, 2020. To download an Avon Scholarship Essay Contest flyer and application, CLICK HERE.

Awards Ceremony
Sue Baker, Avon Board member and chair of the Avon Education Initiative Committee, will introduce the winners and present them with their scholarship checks on June 3, 2020. Scholarship monies are funded from donations to the Avon Red Carpet Festival and the Avon Annual Appeal. The winners’ scholarship checks are made out to the university or college each student plans to attend.

The Avon Theatre Film Center is a member-supported non-profit first-run art house showcasing the best in independent, foreign, classic, documentary, and cult classic films. The Avon, a Bedford Street landmark, has been restored to its original 1939 vintage appearance and is celebrating over 80 years of timeless elegance. As part of its mission, the Avon is dedicated to teaching educators and students about film as an art form. Throughout the school year, the Avon welcomes students to view films that enhance their curriculum.

For further information, call Louisa Greene, Avon Director of Development and Marketing at: 203-550-2697 or email lgreene1939@gmail.com
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