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A Year of the Pandemic

February wrap-up and March writing contest.

Happy (Belated) March Everyone,

Oof! I’ll keep this newsletter short because it’s been a rough start to this month. When I’m struggling with my mental health, I fall into two categories when it comes to consuming media. I either am completely absorbed and use film, TV, podcasts, and music to escape. Or I avoid media altogether because the escapism gives me anxiety. As we are coming up on a year of the pandemic (and longer for various parts of the world), I think a lot of people are struggling with mental health. How do you use or not use media to cope?

Our publication’s goal remains a place for writers to have nuanced, interesting, and fun dialogues about all things Cinema. But I also urge readers and writers to challenge cinema…to seek out film that progresses our society towards justice and explores what makes us human.

But without further ado, here is February’s wrap-up and things to look forward to!

February Writing Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Cinemania’s February writing contest, I loved reading all of your wonderful work:) Here are the winners:

In first place is Christina Sng’s wonderful exploration of love on-screen…the good and the bad: Love is a Many Splendored Thing

In second place is Emily J.’s discussion of toxicity in Bridgerton: Bridgerton Controversy: Toxic Relationship or Overreacting Audience?

In third place is Peter Piatkowski’s deep dive of the Big Bang Theory’s most unique relationship: Sheldon and Penny Shared the Truest Love on The Big Bang Theory

March Writing Contest

March is Women’s History Month and I would love to read some stories about women in film! What’d you think about Endgame’s all-woman (minus Peter Parker) moment? Was it forced or perfect? Should the Oscars have different categories for actors and actresses? Let’s get talking:)

As always the contest will run until the last day of the month: March 31st, 2021. Winners are announced about 4–5 days into April to give late admissions a fair chance.

This month’s writing contest prompt:

Write an article about a movie, TV, or stage production discussing women’s role in film. This prompt is very loosely defined, so be creative with it! The author with the most views and highest interaction will win a $25.81 gift of their choice. The top three submissions will be featured in the next newsletter.

Some prompts to get you thinking:

  • A movie or TV show with a badass female character
  • A movie or TV show that disrupts gender norms or goes against stereotypes associated with women
  • A discussion on the history of women in film or influential women who have been forgotten/ignored
  • Have we gotten closer to gender equality and representation in film?

The only requirement for submissions is you Tag “March Contest” before submitting your article to the publication. This way, all of our March Contest articles can show up on the homepage in one place! If you’re unsure how to do so, just leave a comment on your article indicating the article is part of the monthly contest.

You can tag up to three articles for the contest! Good luck everyone, I look forward to reading all your wonderful submissions.

Interested in becoming a writer for our publication?

We are currently accepting applications for new writers. If you’re interested in joining the Cinemania writer’s community, check out our submission guidelines.

That’s all from us! Have a wonderful rest of your week:)

-Faith Ann



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Faith Ann

Escapades of a 20-something-year old! Writing about relationships, culture, and whatever else pops into my messy mind!