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Academy Awards $500,000 to Nonprofits

Academy Awards $500,000 to Nonprofits

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences today announced the recipients of its Academy Foundation’s annual Institutional Grants program, awarding $500,000 to 73 film-related nonprofit organizations, up from 64 last year, and the largest number of recipients in this category to date.

The Institutional Grants program is one of many such programs operated by the Academy Foundation. According to the AMPAS website, the aim of the program is to “assist in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation.” To this end, a number of university internship programs are among the grant recipients, in addition to job training and educational programs, workshops, and filmmaker residencies run by various film institutions, festivals, libraries, and museums.

Following is the full list of 2010–2011 Academy Foundation Institutional Grants recipients, and the programs being funded, as provided by AMPAS.

Internship Programs

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)

Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City)
Emerson College (Boston)

New York University – Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

University of California, Los Angeles – Film and Television Program
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)

University of Southern California (Los Angeles)


New York University – Moving Pictures Archive and Preservation Program


Stanford University


Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, CA)

DePaul University (Chicago)

Florida State University (Tallahassee)

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)


Brooklyn College

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

Montclair State University (New Jersey)

Penn State University (University Park)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

University of Arizona (Tucson)

Institutional Grants


American Film Institute (Los Angeles) – Directing workshop for women

Streetlights (Los Angeles) – Job training program


Inner-City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) – Job training program

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Film program

Film Independent (Los Angeles) – Project: Involve

George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – Visiting artist series

UCLA Film & Television Archive – Screening series

Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Education programs


The ACME Network (Los Angeles) – The ACME Animation Program
American Documentary (New York City) – History of Documentary film project

Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, NY) – Visiting filmmaker program

The Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 56th Flaherty Film Seminar

Frameline (San Francisco) – Frameline at the Center screening series

International Documentary Association (Los Angeles) – Doc U Seminar series

Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – Filmmaker residencies

The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) – Filmmaker residencies

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Visiting filmmakers program

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) – Latino Producers Academy

New York Women in Film & Television – Women’s film symposium

Salt Lake City Film Center – Visiting artists program

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – Guest speakers’ program


Crowing Rooster Arts (New York City) – Cine Institute Haitian film training program

Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) – AMI Advanced Lab program

The Autry National Center of the American West (Los Angeles) – Crossing Borders film series

Brooklyn Museum (New York City) – First Saturdays screening series

California College of the Arts (Oakland) – Master class program
California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles) – Visiting artist residency

Cinefamily (Los Angeles) – Silent Treatment film series

Film Forum (New York City) – Premiere screenings/filmmakers-in-person program

IFP (New York City) – Independent filmmaker labs

IFP Chicago – Producers’ workshop series

The Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – German New Wave tribute program

Maysles Institute (New York City) – filmmaking education program scholarship fund

Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) – Visiting artist program

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) – Conference on film criticism

Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Hollywood Costume Design exhibition

Outfest (Los Angeles) – Access LA seminar series and screenwriting lab

Paramount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, NY) – Music and Film series

SIFF (Seattle) – FutureWave Filmmakers Visits program

San Francisco Film Society – Artist-in-residence program 

Southern Arts Federation (Atlanta) – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Squaw Valley Community of Writers (CA) – Screenwriting program

Tribeca Film Institute (New York City) – Tribeca All Access program

Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Guest filmmaker series

Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) – Filmmakers in Conversation program

Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH) – Visiting filmmaker series

Berklee College of Music (Boston) – Visiting artists program


IFP Minnesota – Independent Producers Conference

3rd i South Asian Independent Film (Berkeley, CA) – Speaker series


Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles) – Microcinema screening series


Boulder Public Library (CO) – Stan Brakhage screening program


Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, ME) – Summer film symposium

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