Hollywood Foreign Press Unveils 2017 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

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At its annual Grants Banquet, the group, which also hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards, bestowed $2.8 million in charitable donations.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out $2.8 million in scholarships and grants to entertainment nonprofits tonight at its annual Grants Banquet held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Chelsea Handler hosted the event at which the organization of foreign journalists, which also presents the annual Golden Globe Awards, unveiled its charitable donations for the year. Promising to avoid politics for one night, she couldn't resist one dig at the current president, saying, "Let's celebrate the three things Donald Trump hates most — foreigners, the press and actually donating money to charity."

HFPA president Meher Tatna welcomed guests and kicked off the proceedings by recounting how the HFPA gave $500,000 to the International Rescue Committee, which assists in humanitarian crises, in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

Leading off the list of celebrity presenters, Robert Pattinson, who's starring in the upcoming Good Time, cited Meryl Streep's speech at the last Golden Globe Awards in May, and went on to say that "freedom of speech is under attack" around the world. He then announced a special $200,000 donation to The Committee to Protect Journalists. And Dustin Hoffman, who's appearing in the upcoming The Meyerowitz Stories, stepped forward to announce a $350,000 grant for The Film Foundation, which focuses on film restoration and preservation.

Other presenters included director Ava DuVernay; Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette of 13 Reasons Why; Armie Hammer; Matt Bomer; Elisabeth Moss; Chrissy Metz; Anthony Mackie; Aja Naomi King; Patrick Stewart; Stan Lee, accompanied by Chadwick Boseman, who's starring in Marvel's upcoming Black Panther; Kumail Nanjiani; Kathryn Hahn; Alison Brie; Bob Odenkirk; and Mark Hamill. 

As part of the evening, Keala Settle, a Tony nominee for the 2013 Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody who has an upcoming role in The Greatest Showman, performed "Greatest Love of All."

Over the past 25 years, the HFPA has committed nearly $30 million in grants, provided more than 1,500 scholarships and helped restore over 90 films. The mission of the HFPA's Charitable Trust is to foster education, diversity and creative expression in art and film through a variety of programs and special grants.

A full list of the grants and scholarships follows:

HIGHER EDUCATION: FELLOWSHIPS & INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) – $60,000

Cal State Fullerton – $60,000

Cal State Long Beach – $60,000

Cal State Los Angeles – $60,000

Cal State Northridge – $60,000

Columbia University – $60,000

Los Angeles City College – $25,000

Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $10,000

New York University – $50,000

University of California, Los Angeles – $125,000

 

HFPA SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENTS

American Film Institute – $20,000

CalArts – $12,500

Cal State Fullerton – $5,000

Cal State Long Beach – $5,000

Cal State Los Angeles – $2,650

Cal State Northridge – $5,000

Columbia University – $20,000

Los Angeles City College – $4,000

Loyola Marymount – $20,000

Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $5,000

New York University – $20,000

UCLA – $20,000

University of North Carolina – $5,000

University of Southern California – $20,000

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING

American Film Institute – $40,000

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – $15,000

Exceptional Minds – $25,000

Film Independent, Project: Involve – $60,000

Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn) – $20,000

International Documentary Association – $10,000

Motion Picture & Television Fund – $10,000

New Filmmakers Los Angeles – $10,000

SAG-AFTRA Foundation – $10,000

Streetlights – $15,000

Sundance Institute – $125,000

Women Make Movies – $10,000

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION & MENTORING

California State Summer School Arts Foundation – $25,000

Echo Park Film Center – $10,000

Ghetto Film School – $30,000

GlobalGirl Media – $10,000

Inner-City Arts (Downtown L.A.) – $30,000

Inner City Filmmakers (Santa Monica) – $30,000

Kids in the Spotlight – $10,000

LAUSD/USC Arts & Engineering Magnet – $25,000

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $25,000

The Music Center – $5,000

 

PRESERVE THE CULTURE & HISTORY OF FILM

Film Noir – $25,000

Outfest (UCLA LGBT project) – $35,000

The Film Foundation – $350,000

Toronto International Film Festival – $15,000

 

PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH FILM

American Cinematheque – $45,000

Film Independent/LACMA Series – $125,000

FilmAid International – $100,000

Hollywood Heritage Museum – $10,000

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – $15,000

Library Foundation of Los Angeles – $20,000

Los Angeles Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats – $35,000

Museum of the Moving Image – $10,000

San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $10,000

University of California, Berkeley Film Archive – $20,000

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Ebertfest) – $10,000

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Children's Hospital Los Angeles – $25,000

Ensemble Studio Theatre – $15,000

Gingold Theatre Group/Shaw Festival – $10,000

Lollipop Theater Network – $20,000

Pablove Foundation – $20,000

Young Musicians Foundation – $10,000

Young Storytellers Foundation – $10,000

 

2017 NEW GRANTEES

Los Angeles LGBT Center – $10,000

Santa Monica College – $30,000

The Moth – $70,000

Veterans in Film & Television – $10,000

Zimmer Children's Museum – $10,000

 

2017 ONE-TIME EQUIPMENT GRANTS

CalArts – $31,104

Cal State Long Beach – $30,000

Cal State Los Angeles – $30,000

Echo Park Film Center – $50,000

Film Independent, Project Involve – $40,000

Motion Picture and Television Fund – $50,000

Mount San Antonio College – $30,000

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