U.S. institutions to receive $363K in grants

The Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will endow 32 college and community film programs across the U.S. with nearly $363,000.

“Our grants are heavily skewed toward internships, visiting artist programs and workshops,” said grants committee chair Delbert Mann.

“The committee is particularly interested in programs that get students together with professional filmmakers. We don’t think there is a better way to excite students about making films than to have them learn at the hands of actual filmmakers.”

Grants allocated by the Acad for 2000-2001 include: $25,000, American Film Institute directing workshop for women; $20,000, Film Arts Foundation (S.F.), digital filmmaking training; $20,000, North Carolina School of the Arts visiting filmmakers.

In addition, $15,000 internship prizes were bestowed upon California Institute of the Arts, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, U. of North Carolina, USC School of Cinema and USC master of professional writing program. And $15,000 was granted to UC Santa Cruz’s Satyajit Ray workbook preservation program.

The following is a complete list of $13,500-and-below recipients:

$13,500, Columbia U. School of the Arts (New York) and Visual Communications (Los Angeles); $13,100, Inner City Filmmakers (Los Angeles); $10,000, Aperture (L.A.), Austin Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Boston Film/Video Foundation, CineStory (Chicago), Film & Video Workshop (New York), Loyola Marymount U., San Diego State U., Workforce L.A., Yale U.; $9,900, Friedman Occupational Center (Los Angeles); $8,000, Duke U., Squaw Valley Community of Writers; $5,000, Columbia College Chicago, Film Forum (New York), Five Rivers Festival of Film (Missoula, Mont.); $4,000, Donna Reed Foundation (Dennison, Iowa), Northwest Screenwriters Guild (Seattle); and $3,500, Midwest Media Artists Access Center (St. Paul).

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