Thirty film festivals across the USA have been awarded grants for their 2011 programs. The successful recipients of The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences were awarded for intending to make their festivals more accessible to the movie loving public, minorities and less visible filmmakers.
The Academy lists the following recipients:
$50,000 Chicago International Film Festival – World Cinema Spotlight program
$30,000 San Francisco International Film Festival – World Cinema Spotlight program Seattle International Film Festival – Asian Trade Winds spotlight program
$25,000 Mill Valley Film Festival – Youth Focus and Children’s FilmFest programs Nashville Film Festival – Outreach to multiethnic and underserved audiences New Orleans Film Festival – Outreach and emerging filmmakers programs
$20,000 Chicago Latino Film Festival – Children’s film screenings and filmmaker talks Cleveland International Film Festival – Women of the World program Traverse City Film Festival – Visiting filmmaker program Portland International Film Festival – Hispanic Film Showcase and Cine-Lit program
$17,500 Ashland Independent Film Festival – Education and accessibility programs Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – Retrospective Artist Spotlight Native American Film & Video Festival – Native Networks conference New York International Children’s Film Festival – Girls’ POV program San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival – Filmmaker Spotlight, Filmmaker Retrospectives and Out of the Vaults programs
$15,000 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival – Q & A sessions and panel discussions
$10,000 Woodstock Film Festival – Exposure program Aspen Shortsfest – Youth education program KidFilm – Free tickets and outreach program San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – Women-focused discussions, screenings and workshops
$6,000 Anchorage International Film Festival – Filmmaker travel
$5,500 Binational Independent Film Festival – Filmmaker travel and free screenings/seminars Black Maria Film & Video Festival – Filmmaker travel
$5,000 Port Townsend Film Festival – Community involvement program San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival – Focus on Sri Lanka program United Nations Association Film Festival – UNAFF and Kids program
$3,000 Arizona International Film Festival – Filmmaker travel
$2,500 Damn! These Heels – Filmmaker travel JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum – Audience development efforts Saugatuck Children’s Film Festival – Outreach to underserved children
The Academy’s Festival Grant Program was founded in 1999 and has awarded 252 grants totaling $4.4 million.