Quinnipiac to award $28,000 annual scholarship to winner of best director award

September 21, 2021

Two students wearing headsets sit behind a large control board in the McMahon Center communications room

Quinnipiac has announced it will award a $28,000 annual scholarship to the winner of the best director award from the All-American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF).

The AAHSFF, held annually in New York City, is the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world.

“The AAHSFF attracts passionate high school filmmakers from around the country and abroad,” said Frederick Staudmyer, chair and assistant professor of film, television, and media arts at Quinnipiac. “Partnering with AAHSFF and offering this unique scholarship will give that talented student the opportunity to learn their craft, pursue their dream and become a future industry leader while here at Quinnipiac.”

The AAHSFF is the world's largest high school film festival, offering a grand stage for the next generation of talented filmmakers to screen their creations, learn from top industry professionals, connect with the latest technology, explore myriad higher education opportunities, receive scholarships and technology prizes and create a community of shared passions and lifelong relationships.

“AAHSFF has a history of promoting diverse voices and celebrating films from historically underrepresented communities,” Staudmyer added. “Supporting this organization and its mission aligns perfectly with our mission in the School of Communications and demonstrates Quinnipiac’s continued commitment to the arts. We look forward to congratulating and welcoming the winner and scholarship recipient here at Quinnipiac.”

Tom Oliva, co-founder and executive director of AAHSFF, said he is grateful for the university’s support.

“Quinnipiac’s commitment to recognize and reward emerging student storytellers provides welcome validation and, more importantly, a genuine opportunity for the winning filmmaker to continue to pursue their passion at the highest level,” he said. “Quinnipiac University's generous, life-changing scholarship illuminates their commitment to the stories and perspectives of the best emerging student filmmakers from around the world. Providing meaningful educational opportunities and affirming recognition is at the core of our mission, and we are grateful that Quinnipiac shares our vision.”

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