The San Francisco Film Society has announced a significant increase in funding to its Filmmaker360 programs, thanks to the society's collaborative relationship with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Filmmaker360 supports narrative feature filmmakers through cash grants, residencies and script workshops, distributing more than $600K annually directly to filmmakers. With this new boost in funding, the programs will continue to develop well beyond its original five-year pilot period announced back in 2009.
SFFS executive director Ted Hope states, "The support of KRF is vital to not just Bay Area film culture, but to the very fabric of indie culture on a national scale."
New initiatives will be announced in the months to come. Programs in the planning stages include:
- Networking and professional development events at film festivals around the country designed to help SFFS-supported filmmakers and student participants in the SFFS Colleges & Universities program extend their professional networks and forge new industry relationships
- An ongoing screening series built around social justice films which aims to engage and activate audiences by providing forums for discussion and tools for participation and deeper individual involvement
- A mentorship program in which youth filmmakers will be paired with SFFS-supported writer-directors to foster the careers of the next generation of storytellers through training in media literacy and production
- Pitch training for narrative feature filmmakers and an annual pitch event bringing artists together with funders, commissioning editors and investors
- SFFS Labs featuring intensive project consultation with industry experts, master classes, screenwriting workshops, script readings and more