The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance announces the 2nd Frances Paul Lyons/ Almas Paul Screenwriting Competition. The deadline for submissions for the Paul Screenwriting Competition is February 15, 2009, and the winning writer will be honored with a $10,000 award in August 2009.
The contest will be administered by the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, which will establish a panel of noted film professionals to select the winning script. Scripts must have an Armenian theme, but writers are not required to be of Armenian descent. The contest guidelines are posted online at www.armeniandrama.org/contest.php.
In its inaugural year the Paul Screenwriting Competition included both screenplays and theatrical plays. Beginning with the 2009 competition, the award will be limited only to screenplays, with stage plays featured through ADAA’s Saroyan Prize for Playwrighting in the alternating year.
The Paul Family generously established The Frances Paul Lyons/Almas Paul Annual Screenwriting Competition via their fund at the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America, under the auspices of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, ensuring the continuance of this award for years to come. Actress and ADAA Board Member Karen Kondazian, a member of the Paul Family, was honored to facilitate the creation of this award, particularly to recognize her dear father and mother, Varnum and Lillian Paul.
The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance’s mission is to make the Armenian voice heard on the world stage through the dramatic arts of theatre and film. The organization accomplishes this mission by supporting playwrights and screenwriters and providing production opportunities, commissions, scholarships, research tools, networking resources and writing awards.
ADAA’s headquarters are in Cambridge, Mass. with worldwide affiliates in Paris, Yerevan, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and other major cities. For more information about Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance and how to contribute to its important mission, please visit our website at www.armeniandrama.org or call us at 617-871-6764.