Academy grants $500,000 to Film and Cultural groups

Jul 20, 2006 by Ian Evans

The Academy Foundation’s Institutional Grants Program has awarded a total of $500,000 to 60 film-related organizations, including universities, artist retreats, museums and job development programs throughout the United States and in three foreign countries — Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

“The Academy’s grants program is designed to advance personal and professional interest in the motion picture industry and raise cultural awareness throughout our communities,” explained Grants Committee Chair Buffy Shutt.

Since its establishment in 1968, the foundation, the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed over 460 grants to film-related, nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges.

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for the 2006—2007 allocation:

Internship Programs


  • California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)
  • Columbia University School of the Arts
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Southern California — School of Cinema and Television
  • University of Southern California — Master of Professional Writing Program


  • Austin Film Society (TX)
  • Columbia College (Hollywood, CA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (University Park)
  • University of California at Los Angeles — Film and Television Program
  • Western States Black Research & Educational Center (Los Angeles)
  • Yale University — Film Studies


  • Stanford University


  • Museum of Modern Art (New York City)
  • North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)


  • Outfest (Los Angeles)

Institutional Grants


  • American Film Institute (Los Angeles) — Directing Workshop for Women


  • Film Independent (Los Angeles) — Mentoring and training program
  • Henry Mancini Institute (Culver City) — Music program
  • Inner-City Filmmakers (Santa Monica) — Job development and training program
  • Streetlights (Hollywood, CA) — Job training, placement and mentoring program


  • Acme Network (Los Angeles) — Distance learning animation programs
  • Cornell University — Visiting filmmakers
  • Duke University — Touring exhibition program
  • Film Arts Foundation (San Francisco) — Production workshops
  • Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) — Film seminars
  • George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) — Visiting filmmaker programs
  • National Film and Television School (Beaconsfield, UK) — Student tours of Los Angeles film industry sites
  • University of California, Berkeley, Pacific Film Archive — Film literacy workshop
  • Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) — Educational programs


  • Toronto International Film Festival Group Foundation — Touring screening program


  • Brooklyn Academy of Music — Screening and discussion series
  • Film Forum (New York City) — Screening series
  • Frameline (San Francisco) — Screening and visiting filmmaker program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA (New York City) — Girl Scouts Film Institute
  • Humanitas Prize (Pacific Palisades, CA) — Master Writers Workshop
  • Independent Feature Project (Chicago) — Producer’s Workshop
  • Independent Feature Project (St. Paul, MN) — Film production access grants
  • MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) — Residency program
  • Community of Writers at Squaw Valley (CA) — Screenwriting workshop


  • Cinestory (Idyllwild, CA) — Retreat program
  • √©Quinoxe to be Continued (Paris, France) — International workshops for screenwriters


  • Brooklyn Museum — Monthly film screening series
  • California Film Institute (Mill Valley) — Screening, seminar and visiting artist series
  • Columbia College (Chicago) — Filmmaking Oral History Collection
  • Film/Video Arts (New York City) — Artist Mentor Project
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) — Visiting filmmakers program
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica) — Producers Academy
  • Northwest Film Forum (WA) — Screening and education program
  • San Francisco Cinematheque — Screening and visiting filmmaker program
  • Seattle Theatre Group — Silent film series
  • University of Iowa — Visiting filmmaker program
  • Utah Valley State College (Orem) — Production workshop
  • Visual Effects Society (Los Angeles) — Training and mentoring program
  • Webster University (St. Louis) — Filmmaking workshops
  • Women Make Movies (New York City) — Production Assistance Program


  • Kapi’olani Community College (Honolulu) — Educational workshops
  • Northwest Screenwriters Guild (Redmond, WA) — Visiting speakers
  • Screenwriters Colony (Nantucket, MA) — Writers-In-Residence program


  • Silent Film Society of Chicago — Silent film screenings


  • Rural Media Arts & Education Center (Mariposa, CA) — Screening and discussion program