The San Francisco Film Society and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation are teaming on an annual grant to to encourage production of narrative feature films in the San Francisco Bay area. The five year program will include grants totaling $3 million that support "films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, anti-discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time." Project budgets shall be $3 million or under including screenwriting/script development.
The grants, which run 2009-13, will be awarded in the spring and fall of each year. In 2009 there will be two $35,000 grants. The application period for the first grant opened January 28. The 2009 period will support screenwriting and script development, pre-production and post-production The first grant will be named on May 6 during the Golden Gate Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which is organized by the SFFS.
In addition to the grants, recipients will receive through the San Francisco Film Society's filmmaker services programs, including free tuition to SFFS classes and workshops and more. Exact amounts of individual grants and the number of grants made each year after 2009 will be determined on an annual basis. Total annual grant amounts per year are projected as follows: 2009: $70,000; 2010: $450,000; 2011: $675,000; 2012: $864,000; 2013: $1,050,000.
"The Film Society is supremely proud and grateful to be entering into this extraordinary partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation," commented Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director in a statement. "The foundation's enlightened patronage promises to have a transformative effect on Bay Area film culture."
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to "enhancing the quality of life by promoting equitable access to a baseline of literacy, enabling inspiration through the magic of the arts and providing opportunity for a healthy lifestyle for those with chronic disease." KRF focuses its efforts in the San Francisco Bay area.
[For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the San Francisco Film Society's website.]