Film Academy Awards $250,000 In Grants to 17 U.S. Festivals
by Ali Gitlow
Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded grants to 17 film festivals across the country for 2004. The Academy's Festival Grants Committee will give, in total, $250,000. Two festivals will collect $30,000, five will get $20,000, one will be given $15,000, six will receive $10,000, and three will get $5,000. Since this program was established six years ago, 78 festivals have been granted funding.
The $30,000 recipients are the International Children's Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival. The $20,000 grants will go to the Austin Film Festival in Texas, Mill Valley Film Festival in California, OutFest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and The Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, NY. The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival will get the $15,000 grant.
Festivals getting the $10,000 awards are the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York City, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Arkansas, Newfest: The New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in New York City, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Taos Talking Pictures in New Mexico, and the USA Film Festival in Dallas.
And finally, the $5,000 grants will be given to CinemaTexas International Short Film Festival in Austin, the Maine Jewish Film Festival in Portland, and VC FilmFest: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival.