Film Arts Awards Grants for Bay Area Filmmakers
by Eugene Hernandez
Sixteen San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers have been awarded nearly $60,000 in cash and services grants by the Film Arts Fund for Independent Cinema. The awards were presented by the nearly-20-year-old-grants program from the Film Arts Foundation. More than 150 filmmakers applied for this year's funding from the organization.
Ramsel Ruiz, David Sherman, Machu Latorre, and Sachi Cunningham will each receive up to $3,000 for project development and Kota Ezawa, Benjamin Lybrand, Mirka Morales, and Elizabeth Sale-Gaffney will each receive $4,500 for personal-works grants.
The organization announced that the Robin Eickman Award, named for the late, popular head of the San Francisco Film Commission, is being shared by Amy Hicks and Joyce Lee, who each receive $11,700 in production and post-production services.
Finally, Recipients of 2003 STAND (Support, Training, and Access for New Directors) Awards, designed to take first-time filmmakers from concept to finished film, includes Edris Cooper, Shani Heckman, Eva Popovicova, Carolyn A. Saulson, Karim Scarlata, and Kathryn Washington.
Among the funders that participated in the program are the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts, the Eldorado Foundation, and the Film Arts Grants Endowment. The 2003 Robin Eickman Award, part of the grants program, has been underwritten by Lee Utterbach Cameras, Complex Corporation, DTC Grip & Electric, Eastman Kodak, Alpha Cine Labs, and the Film Arts Foundation Editing & Equipment Facility.
The independent panel that chose the recipients included filmmakers Nick Katsapetses ("The End of Grace"), Christian Bruno ("Strand: A Natural History of Cinema"), and Wickie Stamps ("Foucault Who?").
The organization presented $28,000 in cash and $31,000 in production and post-production services. Since its founding in 1984, the Fund has distributed more than $1.2 million to more than 500 media artists.
For more information, please visit: http://www.filmarts.org.