Academy awards $450,000 to U.S. film festivals in 2011

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:

Chicago International Film Festival – World Cinema Spotlight program

San Francisco International Film Festival – World Cinema Spotlight program
Seattle International Film Festival – Asian Trade Winds spotlight program

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

 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

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

 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival – Q & A sessions and panel discussions

 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 

 Anchorage International Film Festival – Filmmaker travel

Binational Independent Film Festival – Filmmaker travel and free screenings/seminars
Black Maria Film & Video Festival – Filmmaker travel

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

 Arizona International Film Festival – Filmmaker travel

 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.


Ginger Liu Inside Hollywood Examiner

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