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Academy Grants $500,000 To Film And Cultural Organizations

The Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program has awarded a total of $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations -- including universities, museums and career development programs -- throughout the United States and in Canada.

Since its establishment in 1968, the foundation, which is the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed more than 573 institutional grants.

"One of our primary goals is to increase access to professional opportunities in the motion picture industry," said Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe. "These grants also will help generate greater public interest in film events and screenings throughout the U.S."

The Academy Foundation's Grants Committee selected the following programs for 2008-2009:

Internship Programs$15,000 California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City)Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)New York University -- Kanbar Institute of Film & TVUniversity of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing ProgramUniversity of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts$13,000 Stanford University$12,500 Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, California)North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)$10,000 New York University Archiving ProgramUniversity of California, Los Angeles -- Film & Television ProgramWorkplace Hollywood (Hollywood, California)Yale University Film Studies$7,500 Emerson College (Boston)Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts)Pennsylvania State University (University Park)University of North Carolina (Wilmington)University of the Arts (Philadelphia)

Institutional Grants$25,000 FilmAid International (New York City) -- African screening program$10,000 Facets Multi-Media (Chicago) -- Facets Film School and Facets CineChatHollywood Cinema Production Resources (Los Angeles) -- Job training programThe MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, New Hampshire) -- Filmmaker residencyTufts University (Medford, Massachusetts) -- Filmmaker-in-residenceUCLA Film & Television Archive -- Screening series$9,500 Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) -- Alice Guy Blache retrospective program$7,500 Austin Film Festival, Inc. -- Writers' Ranch and seminar seriesBerklee College of Music (Boston) -- Visiting artistsCalifornia State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles) -- Visiting artistsDrexel University (Philadelphia) -- Visiting filmmakersEcho Park Film Center (Los Angeles) -- Filmmaking workshop and screening programsFrameline (San Francisco) -- Screening seriesHarvard Film Archive -- Visiting filmmakersInstitute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe) -- Summer film workshopMedia Arts Center San Diego -- Screening and workshop programsMiami Film Society -- MIFF AbroadMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston -- Visiting filmmakersNew York Women in Film & Television (New York City) -- Female filmmakers screening seriesSalt Lake City Film Center -- Visiting artistsVisual Effects Society (Encino, CA) -- Training and mentoring programWinnipeg Film Group (Manitoba, Canada) -- Documentary film conference$6,000 Northwest Screenwriters Guild (Seattle) -- Visiting speaker series$5,000 Bard College (Annandale, New York) -- Filmmaking workshopCineaste Magazine (New York City) -- Film Editing supplementCinestory (Idyllwild, California) -- A Film from the Screenwriter's POVColumbia College (Chicago) -- Artist-in-residenceThe Drawing Center (New York City) -- Drawing on Film exhibitionKentucky Film Lab (Lexington) -- Filmmakers' StudioNiles Essanay Silent Film Museum (Fremont, Calirfornia) -- Silent film screening seriesNinth Street Independent Film Center (San Francisco) -- Canyon Cinema screening seriesOutfest (Los Angeles) -- Access LA Seminar Series and Screenwriting LabParamount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, New York) -- Screening seriesSan Francisco Cinematheque -- Artist-in-residenceSquaw Valley Community of Writers (California) -- Screenwriting workshopUniversity of Houston -- Visiting filmmakersWalker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) -- Filmmakers in Conversation$4,000 University of Colorado at Boulder -- Brakhage Symposium$2,500 Film Forum (New York City) -- Screening series

For grant guidelines and proposal information, contact Grants Coordinator Shawn Guthrie at 310-247-3000, ext. 306, or at, or visit