Academy Grants More Than $500,000 to Film Organizations
May 27, 2011

Academy Grants More Than $500,000 to Film Organizations

Beverly Hills, Calif. – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded 68 grants totaling more than $500,000 to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning throughout the United States as part of its annual Institutional and Internship Grants programs. The monies will fund film-related internships, job training programs, filmmaking workshops, scholarly seminars, visiting artist programs, and screening series.
“The Academy strives to make the motion picture industry as accessible as possible to new talent and the public,” says Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe. “Among the wide variety of programs earning the Academy’s support are internship and job training programs that provide students in underserved communities direct access to the industry, a key stepping-stone that might be otherwise unavailable.”

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for 2011–2012:
Internship Grants

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $10,000
Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Emerson College (Boston)
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)
New York University – Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
New York University – Moving Pictures Archive and Preservation Program
Stanford University
University of California, Los Angeles – Film and Television Program
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) $9,000
University of Southern California (Los Angeles) $7,500
DePaul University (Chicago)
Florida State University (Tallahassee)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
University of Chicago $6,765
Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY)

Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, CA)
Montclair State University (New Jersey)
University of Arizona (Tucson)

Institutional Grants

FilmAid International (New York City) – African refugee camp screening program
Inner-City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) – Job training program
Streetlights (Los Angeles) – Job training program $10,000
American Film Institute (Los Angeles) – Directing workshop for women
George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – Visiting artist series
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Film program
Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Education programs $7,500
The ACME Network (Los Angeles) – The ACME Animation Program
American Documentary (New York City) – History of Documentary film project
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) – Skirball Screening Series at REDCAT
Facets Multi-media (Chicago) – CineChat series
Film Independent (Los Angeles) – Project: Involve
Film Streams (Omaha) – Visiting artists program
The Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 57th Flaherty Film Seminar
Frameline (San Francisco) – Frameline at the Center screening series
International Documentary Association (Los Angeles) – Doc U seminar series
Maysles Institute (New York City) – Producers program
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Visiting artists program
Museum of the Moving Image (New York City) – Avant-garde filmmaker retrospectives
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) – Latino Producers Academy
UCLA Film & Television Archive – L.A. Rebellion screening series
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – Guest speakers program $6,000
Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – Filmmaker residencies
Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) – Visiting artist program
Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL) – Visiting artist program $5,000
Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) – AMI Advanced Lab program
Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York City) – Cuban film screening series
Cinema St. Louis (St. Louis) – “Vincentennial,” a Vincent Price retrospective
Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) – Documentary Perspectives screening series
Hot Sun Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya) – Kibera Film School
IFP (New York City) – Independent filmmaker labs
Los Angeles Filmforum – Screening program
Millennium Film Workshop (New York City) – Personal Cinema screening series
New York Stage and Film Company (New York City) – Powerhouse Filmmakers Lab
Ninth Street Independent Film Center (San Francisco) – Canyon Cinema screening program
Purchase College, SUNY – Filmmaking workshops and seminars
San Francisco Cinematheque – Restoration and preservation program
San Francisco Film Society – Artist-in-residence program
South Arts (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
University of Colorado Foundation (Boulder) – Brakhage Symposium
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH) – Visiting artist program
Yale University (New Haven, CT) – Films at the Whitney screening program $4,000
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation (Winston-Salem) – Visiting artist program

IFP Chicago – Producers workshop series
IFP Minnesota (St. Paul) – Independent Producers Conference and IFP Pro Program $3,000
Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, ME) – Summer film symposium Since its establishment in 1968, the Academy Foundation has distributed more than 778 institutional grants totaling more than $6.8 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.