ADAA Announces 2009 Screenwriting Award Finalists


LOS ANGELES—The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) is pleased to announce the three finalists of the 2nd Biennial Lillian & Varnum Paul 2009 Screenwriting Award:  “Music for Strangers” by Eric Nazarian (U.S), “Moskvitch, My Love” by Levon Minassian (France), and “The Bedouin” by David Deranian and Anthony Zanontian (U.S).


Screenplay submissions were received from across the United States, Europe and Armenia. Entries were required to be full-length, unproduced film scripts written in English and based on Armenian themes. The screenplays submitted this year were of high quality, which made the selections difficult for the eight first round judges, all of whom are industry professionals.


The three finalist plays will now be evaluated by an honorary jury including award-winning filmmaker, Atom Egoyan; Producer and Vice-President of Development at Alcon Entertainment, Steve Wegner; and legendary literary agent (William Morris, CAA) turned director Michael Peretzian.


The winner of the $10,000 award will be announced at a private ceremony in Los Angeles the weekend of August 28-30.  This year’s ceremony will include a screening of an outstanding new film by an Armenian filmmaker and will be followed by a cocktail reception.  Tickets will be available for this exclusive event by invitation only


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, research tools, networking resources and writing awards.


In addition to the $10,000 Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award, ADAA administers the William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting, the deadline for which is February 15, 2010.


For more information about ADAA, its activities and how to contribute to its important mission, please visit the website at



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