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San Francisco Film Society Announces Significant Funding Increase to Extend Filmmaker360 Programs

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 10, 2013 at 12:58PM

The San Francisco Film Society has announced a significant increase in funding to its Filmmaker360 programs, thanks to the society's collaborative relationship with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Filmmaker360 supports narrative feature filmmakers through cash grants, residencies and script workshops...
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San Francisco Film Society
San Francisco Film Society

The San Francisco Film Society has announced a significant increase in funding to its Filmmaker360 programs, thanks to the society's collaborative relationship with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Filmmaker360 supports narrative feature filmmakers through cash grants, residencies and script workshops, distributing more than $600K annually directly to filmmakers. With this new boost in funding, the programs will continue to develop well beyond its original five-year pilot period announced back in 2009.

SFFS executive director Ted Hope states, "The support of KRF is vital to not just Bay Area film culture, but to the very fabric of indie culture on a national scale."

New initiatives will be announced in the months to come. Programs in the planning stages include:

  • Networking and professional development events at film festivals around the country designed to help SFFS-supported filmmakers and student participants in the SFFS Colleges & Universities program extend their professional networks and forge new industry relationships
  • An ongoing screening series built around social justice films which aims to engage and activate audiences by providing forums for discussion and tools for participation and deeper individual involvement
  • A mentorship program in which youth filmmakers will be paired with SFFS-supported writer-directors to foster the careers of the next generation of storytellers through training in media literacy and production
  • Pitch training for narrative feature filmmakers and an annual pitch event bringing artists together with funders, commissioning editors and investors
  • SFFS Labs featuring intensive project consultation with industry experts, master classes, screenwriting workshops, script readings and more

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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.