43 institutions to receive stipends for 2004-05

HOLLYWOOD — The Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has granted $400,000 to college and community film programs across the country.

The Academy Foundation’s grants committee, chaired by Janet MacLachlan, selected 43 institutions to receive the stipends for 2004-05.

Receiving $12,500 for internship programs: California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Calif.; and USC’s School of Cinema-Television.

Receiving $10,000 for internship programs: Columbia U. School of the Arts; NYU’s Dept. of Film & Television; UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television; USC’s Professional Writing Program; and Yale U.’s Film Studies Program.

Receiving $5,000 for internship programs: the Museum of Modern Art’s Dept. of Film & Media.

Receiving $15,000 in institutional grants are Gotham’s FilmAid Intl., for its screening programs in refugee camps in Kenya and Tanzania, and Hollywood’s Streetlights, for film industry job training and placement and career mentoring and advancement.

Receiving $12,500 in institutional grants: College of Santa Fe, N.M., for Girls Film School, a summer film production workshop; Cornell U., Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, N.Y., to fund visiting filmmakers; San Francisco’s Film Arts Foundation, for educational programs including visiting filmmakers; L.A.’s Henry Mancini Institute, for “Tribute to American Film Music,” a concert with accompanying film clips; IFP/Los Angeles, for its Project: Involve, a mentoring and training program; L.A.’s Inner City Filmmakers, for a film industry job development program; and UCLA Film & Television Archive, for DVD production of the lecture “A Century of Sound: The History of Sound in Motion Pictures.”

Receiving $10,000 in institutional grants: Brooklyn Academy of Music, for educational film series “Screening American History”; CineStory of Idylwild, Calif., for CineStory Retreat, a screenwriting workshop; George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y., for visiting filmmakers; IFP/Chicago, for Project Involve Chicago, a mentorship and film training program; IFP Minneapolis/St. Paul, for the Women Filmmakers Access Grant Program and IFP MSP Independent Producers Conference; IFP/New York, for Project Involve New York, a mentor and networking program; Independent Films, Aspen Filmfest of Aspen, Colo., for the Latino Youth Documentary Project; Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, Calif., for “How to Read a Film,” a series of visual literacy workshops for teachers; U. of Central Florida of Orlando for visiting filmmakers initiative “New Techniques/New Strategies”; and L.A.’s Writers Guild Foundation for educational programs.

Receiving $7,500 in institutional grants: Grover Cleveland High School, L.A., for summer film production workshops for high school students; Gotham’s Film Forum, to provide reduced-price tickets for screening programs; Humanitas Prize, for seminar series “Film as Social Commentary”; New York Women in Film & Television, for its Women’s Film Preservation Fund; North Carolina School of the Arts, to fund fisiting filmmakers; San Francisco Art & Film Program, for the Teen Film Workshop, a production program; Squaw Valley Community of Writers, for a screenwriting workshop; U. of Iowa’s Institute for Cinema & Culture, for visiting filmmakers; and Webster U. of St. Louis for “Indigenous Cinema,” a screening series.

Receiving $6,000 in institutional grants: Duke U.’s Film & Video Program for “Women Film Pioneers International,” a touring exhibition program.

Receiving $5,000 in institutional grants: Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts, Denison, Iowa, for film acting workshops; New York’s Film/Video Arts for its Artist Mentor Project, an assistance and training program for emerging filmmakers; Frameline of San Francisco, for screening and visiting filmmaker program “Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema”; Rural Media Arts & Education Project of Mariposa, Calif., for “Cinema Veritas, ” a documentary screening and discussion program; U. of Arizona at Tucson for visiting filmmakers.

Receiving $4,000 in institutional grants: California State U., Long Beach, for the purchase of Chinese-language films.

Separately, the Academy has mailed application forms for the 2004 Scientific & Technical Awards. The applications were sent to more than 850 companies and individuals and must be submitted by June 30. Candidates’ merit is measured by the evidence they show of providing significant advances for film production.

Winners of the Sci-Tech Awards will be announced at the 77th annual Academy Awards.

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