AMPAS Announces $300,000 in Grants to U.S. Film Fests
by Eugene Hernandez
Twenty-five U.S. film festivals have been awarded grants totaling $300,000 this year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One of the recipients of the largest grants was the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, currently underway here in Hollywood. The fest, along with the Seattle International Film Festival, earned $25,000.
The Telluride Film Festival recently benefited from the Academy's decision to increase the amount of support it provides to U.S. festivals. The event will receive a separately funded $50,000 each year for three years. And next year a second festival will be selected to receive $50,000 annually for three years and a year later a third event will be chosen.
Five fests were awarded $20,000, including the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. Receiving one of three $15,000 grants were the Chicago International Latino Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Three fests will receive grants for $10,000, including the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, and the St. Louis International Film Festival. Eight fests are set to gain $7,500, including the Amnesty International Film Festival, the Fresno REEL Pride International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the KidFilm Festival, the MadCat Women's International Film Festival, the Maine International Film Festival, Roxbury Film Festival, the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival and the Washington (D.C.) Jewish Film Festival. Finally, three films will be granted $5,000, including the Antelope Valley Independent Film Festival, the Cine Los Americas International Film Festival, and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee.
Over the past seven years since its founding, the Festival Grants Program has awarded 104 grants to film festivals in the United States.