Academy grants $400,000 to 43 community film programs

Jun 01, 2004 by Ian Evans

It would be wrong to think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is just about the Oscars®. In fact, the proceeds of that night is just one of the ways that the Academy funds its film education and preservation activities. An example of those activities would be the distribution of $400,000 by the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of AMPAS, to 43 college and community film programs across the United States.

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee, chaired by actors branch member Janet MacLachlan, selected the following programs for the 2004-2005 allocation:

Internship Programs

$12,500 to

  • California Institute of the Arts, Valenica, California.
  • University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, Los Angeles.

$10,000 to

  • Columbia University School of the Arts, New York City.
  • New York University, Department of Film and Television, New York City.
  • University of California at Los Angeles, School of Theater, Film and Television.
  • USC, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Professional Writing Program.
  • Yale University, Film Studies Program, New Haven, Connecticutt.

$5,000 to

  • Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film and Media, New York City.

Institutional Grants

$15,000 to

  • FilmAid International (New York City) — Screening programs in Kenya and Tanzania refugee camps.
  • Streetlights (Hollywood, California) — Film industry job training and placement and career mentoring and advancement.

$12,500 to

  • College of Santa Fe (New Mexico) — Girls Film School, a summer film production workshop.
  • Cornell University, Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, New York) — Visiting filmmakers.
  • Film Arts Foundation (San Francisco) — Educational programs including visiting filmmakers.
  • Henry Mancini Institute (Culver City) — “Tribute to American Film Music,” a concert with accompanying film clips.
  • IFP/ Los Angeles — Project: Involve, a mentoring and training program.
  • Inner City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) — Film industry job development program.
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive — DVD production of the lecture “A Century of Sound: The History of Sound in Motion Pictures.”

$10,000 to

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, New York) — “Screening American History,” an educational film series.
  • CineStory (Idylwild, California)— CineStory Retreat, a screenwriting workshop.
  • George Eastman House (Rochester, New York) — Visiting filmmakers.
  • IFP/Chicago — Project Involve Chicago, a mentorship and film training program.
  • IFP Minneapolis/St. Paul — Women Filmmakers Access Grant Program and IFP MSP Independent Producers Conference.
  • IFP/New York — Project Involve New York, a mentor and networking program.
  • Independent Films, Aspen Filmfest (Aspen, Colorado) — Latino Youth Documentary Project, a film workshop.
  • Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, California) — “How to Read a Film,” a series of visual literacy workshops for teachers.
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) — “New Techniques/New Strategies,” a filmmaking initiative utilizing visiting filmmakers.
  • Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) — Educational programs.

$7,500 to

  • Grover Cleveland High School (Los Angeles) — Summer film production workshops for high school students.
  • Film Forum (New York City) — Reduced price tickets for screening programs.
  • Humanitas Prize (Pacific Palisades) — “Film as Social Commentary,” a seminar series.
  • New York Women in Film & Television, Women’s Film Preservation Fund — Preservation of films in which women served in key creative roles.
  • North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) — Visiting filmmakers.
  • San Francisco Art & Film Program — Teen Film Workshop, a production program.
  • Squaw Valley (California) Community of Writers — Screenwriting workshop.
  • University of Iowa, Institute for Cinema and Culture (Iowa City) —Visiting filmmakers.
  • Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri) — “Indigenous Cinema,” a screening series.

$6,000 to

  • Duke University, Film and Video Program (Durham, North Carolina) — “Women Film Pioneers International,” a touring exhibition program.

$5,000 to

  • Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts (Denison, Iowa) — Film acting workshops.
  • Film/Video Arts (New York City) — Artist Mentor Project, an assistance and training program for emerging filmmakers.
  • Frameline (San Francisco) — “Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema,” a screening and visiting filmmaker program.
  • Rural Media Arts & Education Project (Mariposa, California) — “Cinema Veritas,” a documentary screening and discussion program.
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) — Visiting filmmakers.

$4,000 to

  • California State University, Long Beach, University Library — Purchase of Chinese-language films.