By Indiewire | Indiewire August 23, 2006 at 5:37AM
Surprises visited upon arts organizations in these boom-turned-bust times have generally not been pleasant. Last week offered an exception: The San Francisco Film Society announced August 10th that its San Francisco International Film Festival had received a "secure foundation" grant of $150,000 to be received over three years from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It's an award that's bestowed upon an organization rather than applied for by it, not unlike the MacArthur Fellowships, and this surprise was a welcome one. "We feel ourselves very lucky to have received this honor," SFFS Executive Director Graham Leggat told SF360.org. reports.