Academy spreads $500 thousand to nonprofits

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Foundation has awarded a total of $500,250 to 56 film-related nonprofit organizations through its Institutional Grants Program, it announced Tuesday.

Since its establishment in 1968, the Foundation, the educational wing of the Academy, has distributed more than 515 institutional grants.

"Our goal is to provide greater access to professional opportunities in the motion picture industry and generate public interest in film events and screenings in the U.S. and abroad," Grants Committee chair Andrew Marlowe said.

A number of the grants support internship program. They include $15,000 grants to California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York University's Kanbar Institute of Film & TV, University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, and University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing Program. $10,000 grants were awarded Columbia College in Hollywood, Ca. and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. $7,500 grants were earmarked for the Austin Film Society in Texas, North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, Pennsylvania State University in University Park, University of Texas' Film Institute in Austin, and Yale University's Film Studies.

In addition, $7,000 grants were awarded DePaul University in Chicago, Stanford University and Workplace Hollywood in Hollywood. $5,000 grants went to Arizona State University, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and UCLA's Film and Television Program. Los Angeles' Outfest receiveda $3,000 grant.

Two institional grants of $20,000 were awarded to the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women and Film Aid International's African screening program in New York.

$15,000 institional grants went to Film Independent in L.A. for its meentoring and training program, Santa Monica's Inner-City Filmmakers for its job development and training program, and Streetlights in Hollywood for its kob training, placement and mentoring program. New York City's Flaherty/International Film Seminars and the educational programs of the Writers Guild Foundation in L.A. both received $12,500 grants.

The $10,000 recepients included L.A.'s Acme Network for distance learning animation programs; Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. for visiting filmmakers; Chicago's Facets Multi-Media for Facets Film School and Facets CineChat; San Francisco's Film Arts Foundation for production workshops; the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. for visiting filmmakers; New York's IFP - Independent Feature Project for Rough Cut Film Lab, a mentoring program, and Santa Monica's National Association of Latino Independent Producers for its Latino Producers Academy.

The Toronto International Film Festival Group Foundation received an $8,000 grant for its touring screening program.

$7,500 grants went to Austin Film Festival for its Writers' Ranch and seminar series, the Brooklyn Academy of Music for its screening and discussion series; New York's Film Forum for its screening series, the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Mas. for visiting filmmakers, Washington, D.C.'s Howard University for visiting filmmakers, IFP/Chicago for its producers' workshop, IFP/Minnesota (St. Paul) for film production access grants, Houston's Museum of Fine Arts for visiting filmmakers, Philadelphia's Temple University for visiting filmmakers and its Master Class program, New York's Tribeca Film Institute for its Tribeca All Access development program, UC Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive for its film literacy workshop, and L.A.'s Visual Effects Society for its training and mentoring program.

Two $6,000 grants were awarded to Charlotee, N.C.'s Light Factory for its Charles Burnett tribute and Seattle's Northwest Screenwriters for visiting speakers.

In the $5,000 category the recepients wereL Mill Valley's California Film Institute for its screening, seminar and visiting artist series; Chicago's Community Film Workshop for its career development program, Squaw Valley Community of Writers for its screenwriting workshop, Brookline, Ma.'s Coolidge Corner Theater Foundation for its film criticism seminar program, Portland's Film Action Oregon for its screening series, the Federal Republic of Nigeria's National Film Institute for its SHOOT! 2007 film production workshops and seminars, and the Seattle Theater Group for its silent film series.

Fremont, Ca.'s Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum was awarded $3,750 for its silent film screening series.
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