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AT&T and Rooftop Films Announce Feature Film Grant

AT&T and Rooftop Films Announce Feature Film Grant

Rooftop Films today announced the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund AT&T Feature Film Grant, provided through Rooftop Film’s presenting sponsor AT&T. The $10,000 cash grant will be given to one Rooftop alumni filmmaker, awarded for a critical stage in the production of a new, independant film.

Past receipients of Rooftop’s Filmmakers’ Fund Grants include Lucy Walker, Sean Durkin and Benh Zeitlin.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted with upcoming information about grant application.

Full press release reprinted below:

Rooftop Films 2012 Summer Series Presented by AT&T Announces Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund AT&T Feature Film Grant

(New York, NY) July 2, 2012: Rooftop Films is proud to announce the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund AT&T Feature Film Grant provided by our presenting sponsor, AT&T. This $10,000 cash grant will be given to one Rooftop alumni filmmaker, awarded for a critical stage in their production of a new, independent feature film.

Acting as innovators in independent cinema exhibition, Rooftop Films has enabled the success of many alumni through other Filmmakers’ Fund Grants ranging fromproduction or post-production support.  Past grantees include Lucy Walker with her Academy Award-nominated short documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Sean Durkin with the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, and most recently Benh Zeitlin with Beasts of the Southern Wild-a festival darling that was released in theaters on Wednesday by Fox Searchlight. Other Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund grantees have gone on to have tremendous success at festivals and reaching wide, appreciative audiences and with the generous support of AT&T, this cash grant will help a future filmmaker connect with those audiences.

“We’re thrilled to be working with AT&T on this new grant” says Founder and Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. “AT&T immediately recognized the cultural and economic value of independent filmmaking, and thought there was no better way to directly support emerging artists than through the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund. We are sure that Rooftop filmmakers, and audiences everywhere, will appreciate the amazing work that will be produced because of this new grant from AT&T.”

“AT&T is thrilled to support independent artists with this Rooftop filmmaker grant,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President, AT&T New York. “Filmmaking is important to New York both culturally and economically and our commitment has extended even further by presenting Rooftop’s 2012 Summer Series which builds audiences for the independent and emerging artists who are essential to making New York the culturally rich place that it is.”

Details about the grant application will be announced in the coming weeks. The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund uses community support to provide grants to filmmakers whose work has screened at our festival. A portion of all ticket sales and film submission fees is set aside and given back to selected filmmakers to help with their future productions, forging a bond between audiences and artists in a unique cycle of exhibition and production. The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund provides additional grants through partnerships with DCTV, Edgeworx Studios, Eastern Effects, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Details about our grants are available at:http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/info/produce


Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to our Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors. For more information and updates please visit our website at www.rooftopfilms.com.

AT&T is the proud presenting sponsor of the Rooftop Films 2012 Summer Series and the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund AT&T Feature Film Grant.

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