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2023 Avon Scholarship Awards Essay Contest

The Avon Theatre Film Center is proud to announce our 14th Annual Scholarship Awards Essay Contest.

Seniors in public and private high schools in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY are invited to submit a 500 – 750 word essay on “FILM MATTERS”. Students are asked to write about a film released in 2022 or 2023. The genre can be a feature film, foreign or animated film, or a documentary that you saw in a theater or online.

Please answer the following questions in your essay. How did the film impact you personally? Did the film…
1) change your mind about something?
2) inspire you?
3) make you feel seen or accepted?

We are no longer accepting essay submissions. 

A total of $8,500 in college scholarship prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the Avon Theatre in Mid-May. Each winner will receive a check made out to the college they will attend in Fall 2023.

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $1,000
Honorable Mentions: $500 - Eight students will receive a prize of $500 each. 

The essays will each be read by at least two judges from a panel of professional journalists, published authors, filmmakers, and educators. The Avon Scholarship Essay Contest is sponsored by the Avon Film Education Initiative, which promotes film literacy by supporting teacher and student attendance at the Avon and by granting scholarships to high school seniors. Through its diverse offerings of independent, foreign, documentary, and historical films, the Avon is committed to instilling a life-long appreciation of the art and significance of film.

For further information, please contact:
Louisa Greene, Avon Director of Development & Marketing
203-550-2697 or lgreene@avontheatre.org

Avon Scholarship Awards 2023 Winners

The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th Annual Avon Scholarship Essay Contest, “Film Matters”. The contest was open to high school seniors in both public and private schools throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Prizes totaling $8,500 were awarded in June 2023 to eleven talented high school seniors. The Avon congratulates them on their poignant essays and wishes them much success.

First Place ($2,000)

Film: A Thousand and One

Jhonni Dixon 

Sacred Heart Greenwich  

New York University 

Click here to read their essay 

Second Place ($1,500)

Film: The Batman

Sebastian Zucker-Malone 

Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) 

Elon University  

Click here to read their essay 

Third Place ($1,000)

Film: Stutz

Kate Telesca 

Westhill High School 

Northeastern University 

Click here to read their essay

Eight Honorable Mention prizes of $500 each were awarded to:

Sophia Kamensky, Port Chester High School - SUNY Purchase
Lance Bernstein, Greenwich High School - Tulane University
Brian Gall, St. Luke's School - Babson College
Caleigh Radzin, Greenwich High School- Oberlin College
Ashlei Nunez, Westhill High School - UCONN 
Taylor Newman, Stamford High School -  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Arjun Kishore, Greenwich High School - University of Pennsylvania  
Gil Vadel, Academy of Infomation Technology & Engineering (AITE) - University of Maryland 

Educator Membership


  • Full-time teachers working with students in grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools in Fairfield and Westchester counties


  • Free General Admission for Regular Screenings
  • Member Discounts on Monthly Film Series & Special Events
  • Free Admission on Your Birthday
  • Weekly Avon E-Blast with Movie Schedule & Reviews
  • Avon Film Catalogue to Enhance your Curriculum - available online


  • Discounts on Group Visits for Regular Screenings
  • Discounts on Group Visits for Private Screenings during School Hours


  • Online: Click Here
  • Call the Business Office: 203-661-0321
  • Visit the Box Office during showtimes
  • Mail the Educator Membership application to:  Avon Theatre, 8 Sound Shore Drive, Suite 140, Greenwich, CT  06830

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