The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday that it has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year, including multiyear grants to the Cleveland and Chicago Intl. Film Festivals and $30,000 to the L.A. Film Festival to fund free screenings.

Focused on making festival events more accessible and connecting filmmakers to the general public, the foundation distributes more than $1 million each year to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Cleveland Intl. Film Festival will receive $150,000 over three years for its Focus on Filmmakers program; the Chicago Intl. Film Festival is in its second year of a multiyear grant, receiving $150,000 in total for its World Cinema Spotlight program.

Other Hollywood-adjacent festivals also received grants, including $20,000 each for Outfest, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara.

Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy’s Festival Grants Program has distributed 277 grants totaling $4.85 million in funding.