The Avon Scholarship
The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors presents the Annual Avon Scholarship to the winner of the Essay Contest in June of each year. The contest includes high school seniors in both public and private schools throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
Students are asked to submit an essay on "Why Film Matters" based on a film they have seen that opened in the past year. Each essay will be read by two independent judges, all of whom are professional writers, script writers or media publishing executives.
The Educator Program & School Field Trips
In addition to its regular programming, the Avon is proud to present the Avon Film Education Initiative, dedicated to helping educators use film as an enhancement to their curriculum. Film’s wide variety of subject matter, imagery and its ability to share stories has solidified itself as a fundamental learning tool in the 21st century.
The Avon has served as an “extension of the classroom” for numerous history, social studies, English and foreign language classes. Through a generous grant, the Avon has been able to offer educators working with grades 4-12 in public and private schools in Fairfield and Westchester counties complimentary memberships. Over 225 educators from local elementary, middle and high schools are currently participating.
The educators have screened a variety of films for their students to enjoy. The Avon has also developed a film catalogue with many titles recommended for specific grades and subject matters. Students have seen films dealing with such topics as racial tension; the Holocaust; genocide; and global warming. Some of the films the students have seen include: Hotel Rwanda, Mad Hot Ballroom, Paper Clips, The Downfall, and An Inconvenient Truth.