Film fests reel in AMPAS coin

Allocation fund, number of fests upped from last year

Twenty-five U.S. film festivals will receive a total of $300,000 in programming grants from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Both the allocation fund and the number of festivals have been upped from last year, when $250,000 was handed out to 17 fests.

The AFI Los Angeles Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival will each receive $25,000. In addition, the following fests will receive these amounts:

  • $20,000: Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Hawaii Film Festival, New Directors/New Films (New York), Palm Springs Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival

  • $15,000: Chicago Latino Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

  • $10,000: Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival, Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, St. Louis Film Festival

  • $7,500: Amnesty Intl. Film Festival; Fresno Reel Pride Intl. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; KidFilm Festival; MadCat Women’s Film Festival; Maine Film Festival; Roxbury Film Festival; Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival; Washington, D.C., Jewish Film Festival

  • $5,000: Antelope Valley Independent Film Festival, Cine Los Americas Film Festival, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee.

The Telluride Film Festival will receive a separately funded grant of $50,000 a year for three years.

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