The Adrienne Shelly Foundation has announced new initiatives in its mission to "aid in the advancement of talented women filmmakers." Grants will be given by the foundation to L.A.-based AFI Directing Workshop for Women, while at Columbia University, The Adrienne Shelly Award will be given beginning this spring to a female director. Also this spring, the foundation will award a grant via the New York Women in Film & Television. At New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, a scholarship will be granted to a sophomore annually beginning in the autumn semester later this year. And, a grant will be given through the Independent Feature Project (IFP) to a "promising filmmaker" annually beginning in the summer or fall of this year. Fox Searchlight will release Shelly's final film "Waitress" nationwide on May 2. [Brian Brooks]