Jonas Carpignano's "A Chjana" - the short film his feature "Mediterranea" is based on
Jonas Carpignano's "A Chjana" - the short film his feature "Mediterranea" is based on

Congrats to two projects we've been following since last year, that have been selected as winners of the San Francisco Film Society / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking grants  (SFFS/KRF), totaling $340,000, awarded to narrative feature films at any stage of production.

Eight filmmaking teams were selected from 12 finalists, and granted a total of $340,000 in funding - said to be the largest amount disbursed to date - to help with their next stage of production, from screenwriting to post. 

Past winners of SFFS/KRF grants include familiar names and projects like Ryan Coogler and his debut feature Fruitvale; as well as Benh Zeitlin’s debut, Beasts of the Southern Wild - both big Sundance Film Festival winners.

So maybe equally significant successes may be waiting for Jonas Carpignano, who received $45,000 for pre-production on and his feature film debut A Chjana, which follows a young Burkinabe man who leaves his native Burkina Faso in search of a better life, making the perilous journey to Italy, only to find he's unprepared for the intolerance facing immigrants in that country; and Tommy Oliver, who received $85,000 for post-production for his feature film debut 1982, which is based on a true story that revolves around a black father whose wife suffers from a crack cocaine addiction, and his efforts to protect his 10-year old daughter from having to experience life as the child of a drug addicted mother, while also trying to help her (the mother/his wife) become clean again.

Both projects are on S&A's watchlist for the 2013/2014 period.

Congrats to both filmmakers! I'm certainly looking forward to seeing both films.