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Ann Arbor, Big Sky, New Orleans, Seattle, Frameline, and True/False Among Academy Film Festival Grant Recipients

Ann Arbor, Big Sky, New Orleans, Seattle, Frameline, and True/False Among Academy Film Festival Grant Recipients

Totaling $5.3 million dollars in grants since 1999, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grants Program has always been designed to encourage film festivals to bring audiences together with films and filmmakers that they might not otherwise encounter. To achieve this and ultimately grow film festival audiences, the Academy has given grants to festivals that encourage a particular audience, reach underserved regions, celebrate particular genres, grow the impact of festivals, and help smaller festivals that need a bit more leverage.

This year, 23 grants were awarded with four grants associated with longer term three-year programs.  For the full list of awarded programs and festivals, see below. 


AFI FEST International Filmmakers and Guest Artistic Directors – $30,000
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Filmmaker Retrospective Programs – $20,000
Arabian Sights Film Festival
Guest Filmmakers – $3,750
Big Sky Documentary 
Film Festival Retrospective Program and Festival Theme – $10,000
Black Maria Film and 
Video Festival Re-Fueling the Independent Spirit: Outreach and Access – $3,210

Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival Education and outreach programs for low income students – $30,000
Cleveland Int’l Film Festival
Focus on LGBT Filmmakers (multi-year grant) – $50,000
Arts-in-education outreach film programs – $10,000
Los Angeles Asian Pacific 
Film Festival Retrospective Spotlight program – $20,000
Los Angeles Film Festival
Master Classes on the Art and Craft of Film – $30,000
Mill Valley Film Festival
Focus on Spanish Language Cinema – $30,000
New Orleans Film Festival
25th Anniversary Spotlight: Focus on Black Filmmakers – $20,000
New York African Diaspora 
Int’l Film Festival “Being Black in Latin America” program – $7,000
Out On Film
Filmmaker appearances and Q and A sessions – $2,700
Ozark Foothills FilmFest
“Breaking Through: Promoting Cultural Understanding through Film” – $3,340
San Francisco Int’l 
Film Festival World Cinema Spotlight (three-year grant) – $25,000
San Francisco Int’l LGBT 
Film Festival New Storytelling in LGBT Cinema – $30,000
San Francisco Silent 
Film Festival Educational Programs – $20,000
Seattle Int’l Film Festival
African Pictures   (three-year grant) – $50,000
SEEfest (South East European)
Must-SEE Cinema – $4,400
St. Louis Int’l Film Festival
Women in Film Sidebar – $20,000
True/False Film Fest
Neither/Nor Sidebar Program (three-year grant) – $25,000
Wild and Scenic Environmental 
Film Festival Expanding Our Reach: Inspiring New Communities with New Ideas – $10,000

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