S.F. film group receives donation

Money will fund the Hearst Screenwriting Grant

William R. Hearst III has given a gift to the San Francisco Film Society to fund the new Hearst Screenwriting Grant, worth $15,000, which will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay.

The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority will be given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film.

The grant is the second screenwriting initiative in the Film Society's growing Filmmaker Services program.

The Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship, a one month residency for an emerging or established screenwriter at the Djerassi Residents Artist Program, was announced earlier this month.

Other SFFS screenwriting initiatives in the early planning stages include a screenwriters' colony at SFFS FilmHouse, script readings with local actors and theater companies, script editing consultations and networking events to connect writers with producers.