Academy Foundation awards festival grants

L.A. Film Fest and Outfest among the top recipients

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $450,000 to 24 U.S. film festivals for the 2010 calendar year, Festival Grants Committee chair Buffy Shutt announced on Wednesday.

Two fests, the Nashville Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival, are in the second year of a three-year grant worth a total of $75,000. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival are each in the third and final year of a multi-year grant, which also amounts to a total of $75,000.

While the grants are awarded for a variety of festival programs, organizers are encouraged to submit proposals intended to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public.

The 2010 film festival program allocations are as follows:

Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Cinequest Film Festival 
Los Angeles Film Festival 
Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival 
New Orleans Film Festival 
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival

Ann Arbor Film Festival 
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
San Diego Latino Film Festival
True/False Film Fest

Provincetown International Film Festival

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 
St. Louis International Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Indie Memphis Film Festival 
Phoenix Film Festival 
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Ozark Foothills FilmFest 
The Women's Film Festival 
Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy's Festival Grants Program has distributed 222 grants totaling $3.95 million in funding.