Contest for Viorel Mardare scholarship

Purcari Winery, in cooperation with the Academy of Music, Theater and Plastic Arts, has announced a contest intended for third- and fourth-year graduate students and first-year undergraduate students of the Academy’s Multimedia Department. The winner will get a Viorel Mardare merit scholarship to the value of 1,000 lei a month during a year, IPN reports.

Those who want to take part in the contest must file an application accompanied by the sketch of a video promoting the image of a winery to the Academy’s Chancellery. Each candidate can submit at most three projects. The winning project will be chosen based on such criteria as creativity, originality and professionalism, the public relations and strategic communication agency BDR Associates noted in a press release.

The jury that will analyze the works will consists of a representative of the Academy’s Multimedia Department, a representative of the donor (Vinăria Purcari) and a representative of Sergiu Prodan Workshop where Viorel Mardare worked.

Submissions will be accepted until November 5, while the winner will be decided on November 12.

“Film director Viorel Mardare was the pupil of our institution and he will remain in our memory as an example of talent, original, nonconformist thinking and a source of inspiration for current and future students. I welcomed the initiative of Purcari Winery to launch a merit scholarship in memory of the late artist and I hope such events to motivate and support creative young people will be also staged by other local companies. I wish success to all the competitors,” said the director of the Academy of Music, Theater and Plastic Arts Victoria Melnic, being quoted in the press release.

Viorel Mardare (October 7, 1981 – March 9, 2019) was a journalist, an acclaimed film director and simply an admirable person. As a young talent, he worked with the renowned Moldovan film directors Igor Cobîleanski and Sergiu Prodan. Mardare’s masterful shorts, cinematic commercials and powerful awareness-raising videos transpire love for Moldova and fellow Moldovans. As a journalist, he is best known for his critical reviews and pamphlets that ridiculed pseudo-values. Viorel died from adenocarcinoma.

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