AMPAS donates to 14 film fests

Chicago Intl. Children's Film Festival, Outfest among recipients

HOLLYWOOD — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Foundation has donated $250,000 to 14 U.S. film festivals.

Grants, to be divided in varying amounts among the fests, are for the 2002 calendar year. Donations were voted on by the Acad’s festival grants committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd. Forty-one festivals had submitted requests for funding.

Four fests — the Chicago Intl. Children’s Film Festival, Hawaii Intl. Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival and New York Film Festival — will receive $30,000 each.

In addition, the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Film Festival and San Francisco Intl. Asian Film Festival will each be given $20,000, while Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the San Francisco Intl. Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will be handed $15,000 apiece.

The remaining six fests — Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival (New York), Wisconsin Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Thomas Edison Black Maria Film & Video Festival (New Jersey) and the Washington (D.C.) Jewish Film Festival — will each get $10,000.

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