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Academy Foundation Names 47 Institutions to Receive $500K Grants

Academy Foundation Names 47 Institutions to Receive $500K Grants

Academy Foundation Names 47 Institutions to Receive $500K Grants

by Brian Brooks

The new MoMA on 53rd St. in Manhattan. Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE.

The Academy Foundation‘s Institutional Grants Program has announced its latest round of institutional grants, with $500,000 going to 47 universities, colleges and cultural organization throughout the United States and two other countries. Since 1968, the Academy Foundation, the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed over 400 grants to film-related departments and programs at universities, colleges and nonprofit organizations.

“The grants program is designed to bridge public audiences with the film industry while promoting and advancing film as an art form and profession,” explained Grants Committee Chair Buffy Shutt. “Providing half a million dollars in grants will assist educational institutions and organizations in developing film-based programming for their respective communities.”

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for the 2005-2006 allocation:

Internship Programs


California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA)

Columbia University School of the Arts (New York, NY)

New York University (New York, NY) – The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film
and Television

University of California at Los Angeles – Film and Television Archive

University of Southern California – School of Cinema-Television

University of Southern California – College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
– The Master of Professional Writing Program


Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)

Columbia College (Hollywood, CA)

Penn State University (University Park, PA) – Department of Film-Video
and Media Studies

University of California at Los Angeles – School of Theater, Film and

University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) – Hollywood Internship

Yale University (New Haven, CT) – Film Studies Program


Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) – Department of Film and Media

Institutional Grants


American Film Institute (Los Angeles) – Directing Workshop for Women


Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 51st Robert
Flaherty Film Seminar

Inner City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) – Training and film industry job
development program serving underprivileged youth

Streetlights (Hollywood, California) – Film industry job training,
placement, career mentoring and advancement


Acme Network (Los Angeles) – “Acme Animation On-Air and Online” – Distant
learning program and online learning resource for high school and college

FIND (Los Angeles) – “Project Involve” – Mentoring and training program
for young filmmakers from underrepresented communities

Henry Mancini Institute (Culver City) – “Tribute to American Film Music”
– One-night concert with accompanying film clips

Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Educational programs, including
a visiting writer program, seminar series, nominees’ panel and a one-day
workshop on adaptation


Film Arts Foundation (San Francisco, CA) – Screenwriting education
program and mentorship program

Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – “Animation: Minds in
Motion!” – Animation workshop for children between 9-12 years of age in from
underserved school districts and community organizations

Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA) – “How To Read A Film” – Two-day
visual literacy workshop for teachers


CineStory (Idylwild, CA) – Screenwriting workshop

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) – Cornell Cinema – Visiting

Independent Feature Project (Minneapolis/St. Paul) – “Women Filmmakers
Access Grant Program” and the “Independent Producers Conference”

Independent Feature Project – “Project Involve: New York” – Networking
workshops and a mentorship program for 40 emerging and mid- career minority
narrative and documentary filmmakers

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) –
“Latino Producers Academy” – Intensive workshop bringing together producers
and directors

Squaw Valley Community of Writers (Olympic Valley, CA) – Screenwriting


Cineaste Magazine (New York, NY) – “Acting in the Cinema” – Special
40-page supplement


Cleveland High School (Los Angeles) – “Summer Film Production Workshops”
– Cinematography projects for high school students

Double Helix Corporation (St. Louis, MO) – “City Visions” – Filmmaking
workshops with nationally recognized filmmakers

Duke University (Durham, NC) – “Women Film Pioneers International” –
Touring exhibition program

George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – “Visiting Artist Series”

North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC) – School of
Filmmaking – Visiting filmmakers

Winnipeg Film Group (Canada) – “The Winnipeg Aboriginal Filmmaker’s
Training Program” – Advanced production workshop


Community Film Workshop of Chicago – Film production workshop

eQuinoxe to be Continued (Paris, France) – International workshops for


Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York) – “Screening Great Literature” –
Educational film series for high school students

California Film Institute (Mill Valley, CA) – Educational outreach
programs including filmmaker visits to schools, young critics workshop and
student transportation to events

College of Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM) – “GirlsFilmSchool” – Summer film
production workshop

Frameline (San Francisco, CA) – “Frameline at the Center” – Screening and
visiting filmmakers program

Independent Feature Project (IFP) Chicago – “Project Involve Chicago”
-Summer film program targeting underprivileged youth

Independent Films, Inc (Aspen, CO) – “Latino Youth Documentary Project” –
Film production workshop for immigrant teens

Women Make Movies (New York, NY) – “Production Assistance Program” –
Professional development workshops, fiscal sponsorship and information
services for women filmmakers


University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) – Visiting Filmmakers Program

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