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AMPAS grants $250K to orphan pics

Contribution to assist preservation of studio-less material

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pledged $250,000 to the National Film Preservation Foundation in efforts to help the nation’s film archives preserve “orphan films.”

Grant raises donation figures to half a million dollars; Acad pledged $250,000 to the NFPF in 1997.

“This remains the largest single grant the Academy has ever given to a single outside group,” said Academy prexy Robert Rehme. “Orphan films” are films such as newsreels, independent films, documentaries and avant-garde, ethnic and public domain material that have no studio or other entity with an economic motive to save them.

Formed by Congress in 1996, the NFPF raises private funds to support the nation’s film preservation activities.

Foundation serves as the charitable affiliate to the National Film Preservation Board, which annually makes donations to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

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