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San Francisco Film Society Adds to Board for Documentary Film Fund (EXCLUSIVE)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2014 at 6:25PM

Documentary veterans Julie Parker Benello and Lisa Kleiner Chanoff join the San Francisco Film Society Board of Directors, as SFFS's Doc Film Fund cash grants are extended for three years.

The application period for the next round of SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants opens November 10. Finalists will be announced in late January 2015; winners in early March. SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants are awarded once each year. Exact amounts of individual grants and the number of grants made are determined on an annual basis. As with all Film Society grants, in addition to the cash awards, recipients will gain access to numerous benefits through Filmmaker360, the Film Society’s comprehensive and dynamic filmmaker services program. Filmmaker360 is a leader in the field of nonprofit support of cinema and offers unparalleled assistance and opportunities designed to foster creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers nationwide. Filmmaker360 oversees one of the largest film grant programs in the country, which disperses nearly $1 million annually to incubate and support innovative and exceptional films at every stage of production. Other elements of Filmmaker360 include project development consultation and fiscal sponsorship, FilmHouse residencies, Off the Page screenplay workshops, information resources and a membership program with various discounts and benefits. For information visit

This article is related to: Documentary, Documentaries, San Francisco Film Society

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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.