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Academy Foundation Awards $400,000 in Institutional Grants

Academy Foundation Awards $400,000 in Institutional Grants

Academy Foundation Awards $400,000 in Institutional Grants

by Wendy Mitchell

The North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C., is one of the recipients of Academy Foundation grants for 2004-2005. Photo courtesy of NCSA.

The Academy Foundation, the educational/cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has announced its latest round of institutional grants, with $400,000 going to 43 college and community film programs across the country. (These grants are separate from the Foundation’s film festival grants.)

The Grants Committee, chaired by Janet MacLachlan from the actors branch, has selected the following recipients for 2004-2005:

(information provided by AMPAS)

Internship Programs

$12,500 to

California Institute of the Arts, Valenica, Calif.

University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, L.A.

$10,000 to

Columbia University School of the Arts, New York

New York University, Department of Film and Television

University of California at Los Angeles, School of Theater, Film and Television

USC, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Professional Writing Program

Yale University, Film Studies Program, New Haven, Conn.

$5,000 to

Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film and Media, New York

Institutional Grants

$15,000 to

FilmAid International (New York) — screening programs in Kenya and Tanzania refugee camps

Streetlights (Hollywood, Calif.) — Film industry job training and placement and career mentoring and advancement

$12,500 to

College of Santa Fe (New Mexico) — Girls Film School, a summer film production workshop

Cornell University, Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, N.Y.) — Visiting filmmakers

Film Arts Foundation (San Francisco) — Educational programs including visiting filmmakers

Henry Mancini Institute (Culver City, Calif.) — “Tribute to American Film Music,” a concert with accompanying film clips

IFP/Los Angeles — Project: Involve, a mentoring and training program

Inner City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) — Film industry job development program

UCLA Film & Television Archive — DVD production of the lecture “A Century of Sound: The History of Sound in Motion Pictures”

$10,000 to

Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, N.Y.) — “Screening American History,” an educational film series

CineStory (Idylwild, Calif.) — CineStory Retreat, a screenwriting workshop

George Eastman House (Rochester, N.Y.) — Visiting filmmakers

IFP/Chicago — Project Involve Chicago, a mentorship and film training program

IFP Minneapolis/St. Paul — Women Filmmakers Access Grant Program and IFP MSP Independent Producers Conference

IFP/New York — Project Involve New York, a mentor and networking program

Independent Films, Aspen Filmfest (Aspen, Colo.) — Latino Youth Documentary Project, a film workshop

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, Calif.) — “How to Read a Film,” a series of visual literacy workshops for teachers

University of Central Florida (Orlando) — “New Techniques/New Strategies,” a filmmaking initiative utilizing visiting filmmakers

Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) — Educational programs

$7,500 to

Grover Cleveland High School (L.A.) — Summer film production workshops for high school students

Film Forum (New York City) — Reduced price tickets for screening programs

Humanitas Prize (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) — “Film as Social Commentary,” a seminar series

New York Women in Film & Television, Women’s Film Preservation Fund — Preservation of films in which women served in key creative roles

North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) — Visiting filmmakers

San Francisco Art & Film Program — Teen Film Workshop, a production program

Squaw Valley (California) Community of Writers — Screenwriting workshop

University of Iowa, Institute for Cinema and Culture (Iowa City) — Visiting filmmakers

Webster University (St. Louis, Mo.) — “Indigenous Cinema,” a screening series

$6,000 to

Duke University, Film and Video Program (Durham, N.C.) — “Women Film Pioneers International,” a touring exhibition program

$5,000 to

Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts (Denison, Iowa) — Film acting workshops

Film/Video Arts (New York) — Artist Mentor Project, an assistance and training program for emerging filmmakers

Frameline (San Francisco) — “Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema,” a screening and visiting filmmaker program

Rural Media Arts & Education Project (Mariposa, Calif.) — “Cinema Veritas,” a documentary screening and discussion program

University of Arizona (Tucson) — Visiting filmmakers

$4,000 to

California State University, Long Beach, University Library — Purchase of Chinese-language films

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