AMPAS Foundation spreads grant wealth

AFI woman's workshop gains largest amount with $25K

The Academy Foundation, the cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has selected 43 U.S. colleges and community film programs as grant recipients for 2003-04.

In all, AMPAS will dole out $405,000. The largest grant, $25,000, goes to the American Film Institute for its woman’s directing workshop.

The AFI grant is one of four aimed at the development of women in film and television; other recipients are the College of Santa Fe’s summer girls film school ($12,000), the New York Women in Film & Television film preservation program ($5,000) and the Independent Feature Project Minneapolis/St. Paul for its women filmmakers’ access grants and an independent producers’ conference ($10,000).

Also receiving handouts were educational institutions Columbia U., NYU, CalArts, Columbia College in Tarzana, Calif., Loyola Marymount U., U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and two programs apiece at UCLA and USC.

AMPAS also will concentrate efforts on teens, granting coin to the Youth Film Makers Program, a cinema summer camp in Austin, Texas; the Latino Youth Documentary Project in Aspen, Colo.; Taos Talking Pictures in New Mexico; Independent Feature Project for minority youths in Chicago; and the Cleveland High School Teen Intl. Media Exchange, a Korean youth-themed project in Los Angeles.

Also getting a piece of the pie are the Museum of Modern Art’s department of film in Gotham and the Austin Film Society in Texas.

AMPAS grant recipients

Internship Programs, $5,000 each: Austin Film Society, Austin, Texas; and the Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film and Media, New York City.

American Film Institute (Los Angeles), Directing Workshop for Women, $25,000.

Film Arts Foundation (San Francisco), expansion and marketing of Education Program classes and events, $20,000.

Workforce LA (Los Angeles), internet version of Acme Animation Program, $20,000.

Film Aid International (New York City), screening programs in refugee camps in Kenya and Tanzania, $15,000.

Streetlights (Hollywood, California), motion picture job development and transitional support services, $15,000.

College of Santa Fe (New Mexico), summer girls film school, $12,000.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Screening Growing Pains, an educational screening series, $10,000.

Cinestory (Idylwild, California), educational screenwriting programs, $10,000.

Cleveland High School (Los Angeles), Teen International Media Exchange, a collaboration with Korean students, $10,000.

Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, New York), visiting filmmakers, $10,000.

Film Forum (New York City), discounted screening tickets, $10,000.

Foundation of Independent Film & Video (New York City), master class series, $10,000.

Independent Feature Project/Chicago, Project Involve Chicago, a mentorship program directed at minority youth, $10,000.

Independent Feature Project/LA (Los Angeles), Project Involve, a mentorship program directed at minority youth, $10,000.

Independent Feature Project Minneapolis/St. Paul, women filmmakers’ access grants and an independent producers’ conference, $10,000.

Squaw Valley Community of Writers (California), student scholarships for screenwriting workshop, $10,000.

Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles), visiting writers and educational programs, $10,000.

Cineaste Magazine (New York City), “Film and History,” a special supplement, $9,000.

North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem), visiting filmmakers program, $7,500.

California Film Institute (Mill Valley), educational screenings and discussions, $6,500.

Donna Reed Foundation (Denison, Iowa), film workshops, $5,000.

Film/Video Arts (New York), Artist Mentor Project, workshops for emerging film and video makers, $5,000.

Frameline (San Francisco), youth outreach and free tickets for “Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema,” $5,000.

Independent Films (Aspen, Colorado), Latino Youth Documentary Project, a production workshop for 15- to 18-year-old Latinos, $5,000.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, travel expenses for director Jules Dassin to attend tribute events, $5,000.

New York Women in Film & Television, film preservation, $5,000.

Northwest Screenwriters Guild (Seattle, Washington), visiting filmmakers and screenwriting workshops, $5,000.

Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, California), “How to Read a Film: A Visual Literacy Workshop for Teachers,” $5,000.

Taos Talking Pictures (Taos, New Mexico), Youth Filmmaking Initiative, a summer production workshop for 13- to 20-year-olds, $5,000.

University of Arizona (Tucson), visiting filmmakers, $5,000.

Young Filmmakers Program (Austin, Texas), Cinema Summer Camp, film workshops for 9- to 16-year-old students, $5,000.