×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Charity Coin Delivers Big Results

Org helps nurture new cinema voices in Los Angeles, around the U.S. and abroad

The reach of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s grant program goes well beyond the star-encrusted streets of Los Angeles.

The HFPA is known for donating to organizations in the entertainment industry and will host its annual Grants Banquet on Aug. 13 at the Beverly Wilshire. A starry group of presenters, including Andrew Garfield, Benicio del Toro, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Hamm, Saoirse Ronan and Jane Fonda, will announce the recipients of $2.1 million in grants for 2015.

“The Golden Globes may be the most high-profile of the HFPA’s activities,” says the organization’s president, Lorenzo Soria, “but our support for cultural non-profits has engaged the passionate commitment of every one of our members.

In May, the HFPA announced its largest donation ever, pledging $2 million to the Los Angeles City College Foundation for the college’s cinema and television department. That was a special contribution, while beneficiaries of the org’s regular grants include the television, film and media studies department at Cal State Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute.

For Sundance, such a grant equates to the ability to create an international network, from Jordan to India. The HFPA and Sundance “share an alignment about the importance of developing creative culture and film culture and celebrating exciting voices,” says Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. “It’s been incredibly important to us that the HFPA has chosen to support our work in international feature films because … we love finding and supporting international artists whose work we believe in.”

With the help of an HFPA grant, Sundance hosts residential labs, which are highly selective workshops that bring promising artists to work on projects with mentors. Some 30% of the labs’ students come from outside the United States, according to Putnam. The result has been films such as 2012’s “Wadjda,” the first feature-length film made by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al-Mansour (pictured).

The HFPA doesn’t just help to create content, but also works to save it. Another key aspect of the organization is film preservation and restoration.

“We’re grateful we’re able to do things like grants and scholarships,” says Theo Kingma, board member and former HFPA president. “Film preservation is also an important aspect of the HFPA and our members are extremely proud that we’re in that fortunate position.”

Closer to home, a $10,000 HFPA grant went to Streetlights, which works to bring ethnic diversity to the behind-the-camera world of feature films, television and commercial production through job training, job placement and networking opportunities.

“It’s so wonderful to have them as a partner for us,” says Dorothy Thompson, founder and executive director of Streetlights, of the Hollywood Foreign Press. “They lend us such credibility.”

Tipsheet
What: HFPA Grants Banquet
When: Aug. 13
Where: Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Web: hfpa.org

More Scene

  • Cara Delevingne attends The Trevor Project's

    Cara Delevingne Recalls Producers Saying That Being Queer Will Hurt Her Career

    Hollywood may be celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with displays of the rainbow flag and lots of talk about supporting diversity and inclusion, but Cara Delevingne says there’s still work to be done. “Behind closed doors, we are still being told, as I have, by powerful Hollywood producers that we can’t make it if we’re queer,” [...]

  • Kiernan Shipka and Ross LynchMTV Movie

    MTV Movie & TV Awards: What You Didn't See on TV

    Many of the biggest stars in movies and television — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kiernan Shipka, Sandra Bullock, Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson — came together to present and receive honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi. And while non-attendees are able to enjoy [...]

  • Dan Stevens

    'Legion' Star Dan Stevens Says His Character Would Fight Thanos, 'Wreak Havoc' in MCU

    Dan Stevens said his powerful, telepathic mutant Legion would do some serious damage if he ever crossed over from the eponymous FX series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Legion would wreak havoc. He’d probably take on Thanos, let’s see that,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of the trippy, mind-bending superhero series [...]

  • Anthony Anderson LADF

    Why Anthony Anderson and Billie Jean King are Giving Back with the Dodgers Foundation

    Celebrities and athletes came together at the Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala to celebrate the team’s commitment to supporting youth and to catch a glimpse of the event’s headliner: Bruno Mars. Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss were honored at the fifth annual event, which raised over $3 million for programs benefiting Los Angeles youth. [...]

  • Shia LaBeouf poses at the premiere

    Shia LaBeouf to Host Birthday Fundraiser for Slauson Rec. Theater Company

    Shia LaBeouf is celebrating his 33rd birthday by giving back. The actor, who turned 33 on June 11, will host a fundraising concert later this month for the Slauson Rec Theater Company, a 10-month-old free performing arts program he co-founded in downtown Los Angeles. The night will also include a preview of the Slauson Rec [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content