HFPA philanthropy is down but not out


Despite January's strike-ravaged Golden Globes telecast, the HFPA was able to come up with $759,865 this year to distribute to the 20-odd film schools and nonprofits that rely on grants. That figure is down from last year's million-dollar bounty, but with the Globes telecast likely back to normal, "we are hopeful that the HFPA's philanthropic contributions will expand next year," says HFPA president Jorge Camara. Some examples of how this year's money was distributed:

-- $50,000 to FilmAid International, one of two grantees designated to promote cultural exchange through film by funding screenings

-- $30,000 to the Los Angeles Conservancy to support screenings in classic L.A. movie houses through its Last Remaining Seats program

-- $25,000 to Outfest to promote archiving and preservation of gay-themed films through the Outfest Legacy Project

-- $10,000 to Lollipop Theatre Network to provide screenings and visits by actors to children in Southern California hospitals with life-threatening illnesses

Other beneficiaries include:

Sundance Institute ($100,000); UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television ($65,000); California Institute of the Arts ($60,000); AFI ($30,000); Film Independent ($30,000); National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers ($20,000); the Ghetto Film School ($20,000), NYU's Tisch School of the Arts ($20,000); and Independent Feature Project ($10,000)

-- Noe Gold