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March 26, 2009 3:58 AM
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Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2009 Grants

The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the grants that will be awarded and educational programs that will take place during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

This year, the institute will provide funding for "promising filmmakers with science and technology themed projects" through the return of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund as well as screenplay readings and a special panel discussion and screening of Inherit the Wind. TFI will award young filmmakers scholarships through its Youth Achievement Awards, given to four students, awarding each a $1,500 scholarship to "create their films and further their education in film."

The Festival will additionally present a special gala screening of youth-created films entitled "Our City, My Story,: and continue additional youth outreach programs, including Tribeca Teaches: Films in Motion - which takes place at Bronx Preparatory Charter School - and the Tribeca Film Fellows program and Tribeca Youth Screening Series.

"There has never been a greater need or a more important time to support the arts," said Tribeca Film Institute Board Co-Chair Jane Rosenthal in a statement. "Through its wide variety of programs, the Tribeca Film Institute is able to impact everyone from the middle school student just learning the role of movies in our society to the proven filmmaker in search of finishing funds and I couldn't be more proud of the work that we do."

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 22 - May 3, 2009.

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