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The Academy Grants to Film Orgs and Schools Throughout the US

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 24, 2011 at 10:53AM

The Academy is giving over $500,000 to film organizations and schools throughout the country as part of its annual Institutional and Internship Grants programs. Funds will go to film internships, job training, workshops, seminars, visiting artists programs and screenings. The money, says Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe, provides students with "a key stepping-stone that might be otherwise unavailable.” The list of recipients and more info are below:
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The Academy is giving over $500,000 to film organizations and schools throughout the country as part of its annual Institutional and Internship Grants programs. Funds will go to film internships, job training, workshops, seminars, visiting artists programs and screenings. The money, says Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe, provides students with "a key stepping-stone that might be otherwise unavailable.” The list of recipients and more info are below:

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for 2011–2012:

Internship Grants


$12,500

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

$10,000

Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Emerson College (Boston)

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)

New York University – Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
New York University – Moving Pictures Archive and Preservation Program
Stanford University 
University of California, Los Angeles – Film and Television Program
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)

$9,000

University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

$7,500

DePaul University (Chicago)

Florida State University (Tallahassee)

Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
University of Chicago

$6,765

Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY)


$5,000

Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, CA)

Montclair State University (New Jersey)
University of Arizona (Tucson)


Institutional Grants


$15,000

FilmAid International (New York City) – African refugee camp screening program

Inner-City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) – Job training program

Streetlights (Los Angeles) – Job training program

$10,000

American Film Institute (Los Angeles) – Directing workshop for women

George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – Visiting artist series

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Film program

Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Education programs

$7,500

The ACME Network (Los Angeles) – The ACME Animation Program
American Documentary (New York City) – History of Documentary film project
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) – Skirball Screening Series at REDCAT

Facets Multi-media (Chicago) – CineChat series

Film Independent (Los Angeles) – Project: Involve

Film Streams (Omaha) – Visiting artists program
The Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 57th Flaherty Film Seminar

Frameline (San Francisco) – Frameline at the Center screening series

International Documentary Association (Los Angeles) – Doc U seminar series

Maysles Institute (New York City) – Producers program
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Visiting artists program

Museum of the Moving Image (New York City) – Avant-garde filmmaker retrospectives
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) – Latino Producers Academy

UCLA Film & Television Archive – L.A. Rebellion screening series

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – Guest speakers program

$6,000

Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – Filmmaker residencies

Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) – Visiting artist program

Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL) – Visiting artist program
$5,000
Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) – AMI Advanced Lab program

Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York City) – Cuban film screening series

Cinema St. Louis (St. Louis) – “Vincentennial,” a Vincent Price retrospective
Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) – Documentary Perspectives screening series

Hot Sun Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya) – Kibera Film School

IFP (New York City) – Independent filmmaker labs

Los Angeles Filmforum – Screening program
Millennium Film Workshop (New York City) – Personal Cinema screening series
New York Stage and Film Company (New York City) – Powerhouse Filmmakers Lab

Ninth Street Independent Film Center (San Francisco) – Canyon Cinema screening program
Purchase College, SUNY – Filmmaking workshops and seminars

San Francisco Cinematheque – Restoration and preservation program

San Francisco Film Society – Artist-in-residence program
South Arts (Atlanta) – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Squaw Valley Community of Writers (CA) – Screenwriting program

Tribeca Film Institute (New York City) – Tribeca All Access program

University of Colorado Foundation (Boulder) – Brakhage Symposium

Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH) – Visiting artist program
Yale University (New Haven, CT) – Films at the Whitney screening program

$4,000

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation (Winston-Salem) – Visiting artist program

$3,500

IFP Chicago – Producers workshop series

IFP Minnesota (St. Paul) – Independent Producers Conference and IFP Pro Program

$3,000

Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, ME) – Summer film symposium

Since its establishment in 1968, the Academy Foundation has distributed more than 778 institutional grants totaling more than $6.8 million in funding.  For more information on the grants program, visit http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/.

The Academy Foundation – the Academy’s cultural and educational wing – annually distributes more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.  The Foundation also presents the Academy’s rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.