Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grants $500,000 to Film Orgs The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded a total of $500,000 to a record 73 film-related nonprofit organizations – including universities, museums and career development programs – throughout the United States as part of its annual Institutional Grants program.

“The Academy strives to make the motion picture industry as accessible as possible to new talent and the public,” said Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe. “Among the wide variety of programs earning the Academy’s support are grants that will provide students with valuable internship opportunities and enable established filmmakers to visit schools and organizations where they can discuss their work and share their expertise.”

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for 2010–2011:

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

Since its establishment in 1968, the Academy Foundation has distributed more than 710 institutional grants totaling more than $6.3 million in funding. For more information on the grants program, visit

The Academy Foundation – the Academy’s cultural and educational wing – annually distributes more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Foundation also presents the Academy’s rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.



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