Academy Foundation awards $450,000 to US film festivals

MUMBAI: The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $450,000 to 24 US film festivals for the 2009 calendar year.

The announcement was made by Festival Grants Committee chair Gale Anne Hurd.

Two festivals, the Nashville Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival will each receive a total of $75,000 over a three-year period to help develop long-term projects. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival are each in the second year of a multi-year grant. The San Francisco International Film Festival will receive $50,000 as part of multi-year grant awarded in 2007.

While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the general public.

The 2009 film festival program allocations are as follows: $50,000 for San Francisco International Film Festival; $30,000 each for Chicago International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival (Indianapolis, IN), Mill Valley Film Festival (San Rafael, CA), Sarasota Film Festival (FL), Seattle International Film Festival; $25,000 each for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC), Nashville Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival (Charlottesville); $20,000 each for Portland International Film Festival, Native American Film & Video Festival (New York City), Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Urbana, IL), Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival (Birmingham, AL), Woodstock Film Festival (NY); $10,000 each for Asian American International Film Festival (New York City); $5,000 each for Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson), BAMKids Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY), Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (AZ), Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (WY), Olympia Film Festival (WA), Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival (Colorado Springs), San Francisco Black Film Festival and Washington Jewish Film Festival (D.C.)

Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy’s Festival Grants Program has distributed 198 grants totaling $3.5 million in funding.