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Film Scholarship Competition

If you’re a young filmmaker, Thea’s got good news for you: we have FOUR scholarships for artists like you!


A $2,500 scholarship is available for each of the following categories: Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing. Scholarships will be awarded to the student's institution of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores.


Thea scholarships are awarded solely on talent, never test scores, GPAs or intent to major in the arts. Your scholarship will travel with you to any college you attend, but if you choose to attend one of our more than 20 education partners, your scholarship could be matched with additional scholarship money. Click on Education Partners link on the left side of the screen.


Thea scholarships are open to students who attend public, private, charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED.


Students must guarantee that they were the sole performer of the selected category (Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing) while creating their films.

Students entering the Film Scholarship Competition must be an Arkansas graduating senior of 2021 to be eligible for a Thea Scholarship.

It is important that students consider this year's theme when creating their work. Judges will consider the use of the theme when viewing submitted films. This year's theme is

"What it means to be me" and is open to interpretation by the artist.

Films can be any length. Submissions need to include a short essay (500 word minimum) explaining your process when creating the film. Each student must describe how the theme is reflected in their film. You must also include which category you'd like to be judged in: Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing. 

To be considered for the film scholarship competition, students are required to register through Thea’s website at the button below. In addition to registering for the competition, we ask that students create a profile through FilmFreeway.


Note: Within the FilmFreeway submission form for uploading the video file, there’s a variety of default questions that students won’t need to answer; we ask that students complete the questions to the best of their ability. 

NEW: Virtual Q&A Sessions for the 2021 Thea Scholarship Competitions

We want to help clarify any questions or concerns about the 2021 scholarship competition season. Zoom Q&A sessions are available with Paul Leopoulos, Thea Foundation Co-Founder and Scholarship Coordinator, beginning Saturday, October 10. All interested teachers, parents, and students are invited to participate. Register for the best date that works for you here.


Key Deadlines


Students are required to register through the Thea website by Noon,  Friday, February 5, 2021.

In addition, students are required to create their FilmFreeway profile and upload their video file, and submit the accompanying essay by Friday, February 5, 2021. Please submit your accompanying essay in the 'Brief Synopsis' field in the FilmFreeway profile. 

If a student is in need of assistance submitting a film and the accompanying essay for consideration, please contact Paul Leopoulos at or (501) 379-9512 for instructions. 

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A $2,500 scholarship is available for each of the following categories: Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing

Film judging and screening provided by:

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401 Main Street, Suite 100
North Little Rock,  AR 72114

tel:  501-379-9512
fax: 501-379-9513