Academy grants $450,000 to U.S. film festivals

Nov 04, 2009 by Ian Evans

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $450,000 to 24 U.S. film festivals for the 2010 calendar year announced Festival Grants Committee Chair Buffy Shutt.

The Academy encourages festival organizers to submit proposals intended to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public.

The 2010 film festival program allocations are as follows:

  • $30,000
    • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
    • Cinequest Film Festival
    • Los Angeles Film Festival
    • Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • $25,000
    • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
    • Nashville Film Festival
    • New Orleans Film Festival
    • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
    • Virginia Film Festival
  • $20,000
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
    • San Diego Latino Film Festival
    • True/False Film Fest
  • $17,500
    • Provincetown International Film Festival
  • $15,000
    • San Francisco Silent Film Festival
    • St. Louis International Film Festival
  • $10,000
    • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    • Indie Memphis Film Festival
    • Phoenix Film Festival
    • Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
  • $2,500
    • Ozark Foothills FilmFest
    • The Women’s Film Festival
    • Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy’s Festival Grants Program has distributed 222 grants totaling $3.95 million in funding. For more information on the program, visit