Lillian & Varnum Paul 2013 Screenwriting Award Finalists


LOS ANGELES, California – The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) is pleased to announce the three finalists of the 4th Biennial Lillian & Varnum Paul 2013 Screenwriting Award: “1915,” by Garin K. Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian; “The 13th Image,” by Yervand Kochar in collaboration with Jeani Di Carlo; and “The Second Journey,” by Levon Minasian & Eric de Rocquefeuil.

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 were of high quality, which made the selections difficult for the first round judges, all of whom are industry professionals.

The three finalist screenplays will be evaluated by an esteemed honorary jury: Anahid Nazarian (Producer, American Zoetrope Productions), Michael Goorjian (Emmy-Winning Actor) and Hank Saroyan (Emmy Winning TV Producer).

The winner of the $10,000 grand prize will be announced at ADAA’s awards event on November 8, 2013 at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills, along with a high-profile panel discussion for young artists navigating their careers in Hollywood — Making the Connection: Linking Armenians in the Entertainment Industry. The panel will feature high-ranking industry professionals from film studios. This is a rare opportunity to learn key strategies straight from current industry leaders. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Tickets are $10/person and available on

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.

The Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award is administered by ADAA through the generosity of the Paul Family through the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese.

In addition to the $10,000 Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award, ADAA administers the $10,000 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting, the deadline for which is April 15, 2014.

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