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Stamford's Avon Theatre Launches Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

The judges for this year's Avon Theatre Scholarship Contest, from left to right: Diane Schneider, Jack Moffly and Sue Baker.
The judges for this year's Avon Theatre Scholarship Contest, from left to right: Diane Schneider, Jack Moffly and Sue Baker. Photo Credit: Contributed
Jonna Mosoff of Greenwich High, the winner of the Avon Theatre's 2014 scholarship contest.
Jonna Mosoff of Greenwich High, the winner of the Avon Theatre's 2014 scholarship contest. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors announced the start of the sixth annual Avon Scholarship Essay Contest, running from now until Saturday, May 16.

Interested high school seniors from Fairfield and Westchester counties are asked to pen a 500- to 700-word essay on “Why Film Matters” based on any film they have watched that opened this year or last. The subject of how film impacts society should also be included in the essay.

Students are allowed to write about a variety of formats: a feature, documentary or short. It can be American-made or a foreign film, the choice is theirs.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony at the Avon Theatre on June 2 just before "Rubble Kings," a documentary about New York City's gang culture in the 1970s, is screened. The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Winners will range from $2,000 for first place to $500 for honorable mention. Greenwich High's Jonna Mossoff, now attending Georgetown University, won last year's contest.

Judges for the contest are either professional writers, script writers or media publishing executives. This year's stable of judges include Moffly Media founder Jack Moffly, retired Wall Street executive and novelist Diane Schneider and chairman of the Avon Education Initiative Committee Sue Baker.

For more information about the contest, call 203-550-2697 or email lgreene@avontheatre.org .

To download a contest application, visit: www.avontheatre.org .

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