Academy Foundation awards grants

Hands out a total of $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofits

The Academy Foundation, the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has awarded grants totaling $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations, including universities, museums and career development programs, throughout the United States and in Canada.

"One of our primary goals is to increase access to professional opportunities in the motion picture industry," Grants Committee chair Andrew Marlowe said. "These grants also will help generate greater public interest in film events and screenings throughout the U.S."

In the category of internship programs, $15,000 grants were awarded to California Institute of the Arts (Valencia); Columbia University School of the Arts (New York); Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles); New York University -- Kanbar Institute of Film & TV; University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill); University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing Program; and USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Stanfrod University won a $13,000 grant. Grants worth $12,500 each were awarded to Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, Ca.) and North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem). Grants of $10,000 are going to NYU Archiving Program; University of California, Los Angeles -- Film & Television Program; Workplace Hollywood (Hollywood, Ca.); and Yale University Film Studies.

The recepients of $7,500 grants were Emerson College (Boston); Hampshire College (Amherst, Ma.);Pennsylvania State University (University Park); University of North Carolina (Wilmington); and University of the Arts (Philadelphia).

In the second category of institional grants, $25,000 was awarded to New York's FilmAid International for its African screening program.

$10,000 grants were earmarked for Chicago's Facets Multi-Media for its Facets Film School and Facets CineChat; Hollywood Cinema Production Resources (L.A.) -- Job training program; the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.) -- Filmmaker residency; Tufts University (Medford, Ma.) -- Filmmaker-in-residence; and UCLA Film & Television Archive -- screening series.

New York's Whitney Museum of American Art won a $9,500 grant for its Alice Guy Blache retrospective program.

Grants worth $7,500 each were awarded to the following: Austin Film Festival, -- Writers' Ranch and seminar series; Berklee College of Music (Boston) -- visiting artists; California State Summer School for the Arts (L.A.) -- visiting artists; Drexel University (Philadelphia) -- visiting filmmakers; Echo Park Film Center (L.A.) -- filmmaking workshop and screening programs; Frameline (San Francisco) -- screening series; Harvard Film Archive -- visiting filmmakers; Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe) -- summer film workshop; Media Arts Center San Diego -- screening and workshop programs; Miami Film Society -- MIFF Abroad; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston -- visiting filmmakers; New York Women in Film & Television -- female filmmakers screening series; Salt Lake City Film Center -- visiting artists; Visual Effects Society (Encino, Ca.) -- training and mentoring program; and Winnipeg Film Group (Manitoba, Canada) -- documentary film conference.

Seattle's Northwest Screenwriters Guild was awarded a $6,000 grant for its visiting speaker series.

Grants worth $5,000 were awarded to the following: Bard College (Annandale, N.Y.) -- filmmaking workshop; Cineaste Magazine (New York) -- Film Editing supplement; Cinestory (Idyllwild, Ca.) -- A Film from the Screenwriter's POV; Columbia College (Chicago) -- artist-in-residence; The Drawing Center (New York) -- Drawing on Film exhibition; Kentucky Film Lab (Lexington) -- Filmmakers' Studio; Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (Fremont, Ca.) -- Silent film screening series; Ninth Street Independent Film Center (San Francisco) -- Canyon Cinema screening series; Outfest (L.A.) -- Access LA seminar series and screenwriting lab; Paramount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, N.Y.) -- screening series; San Francisco Cinematheque -- artist-in-residence; Squaw Valley Community of Writers (Ca.) -- screenwriting workshop; University of Houston -- visiting filmmakers; and Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Mn.) -- Filmmakers in Conversation.

The University of Colorado at Boulder won a $4,000 grant for its Brakhage Symposium.

New York's Film Form received a $2,500 grant for its screening series.