AMPAS in festive grant mood


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $450,000 in grant money to 20 U.S. film festivals for the coming year.

Through its festival grants program, AMPAS bestowed $75,000 grants on the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival, to be used over three years for the development of long-term projects.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival will each receive $50,000 for 2008 — part of multiyear grants awarded in 2006 and 2007.

Other festivals receiving awards include the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, each given $30,000. The Austin Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film Festival (Honolulu) were among those receiving $25,000.

Other festivals partaking of the grants are the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.

Since its inception in 1999, the festival grants program has distributed 143 grants totaling more than $2.85 million.