Additional Support Awarded to Film Archives Impacted by Natural Disasters: Cinemateca de Cuba, Permanencia Voluntaria and Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento
The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today recipients of its 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants. In addition to the 51 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants awarded, the grants committee set aside $15,000 to help with the recovery efforts at three international archives devastated by hurricanes and earthquakes in 2017. Those archives are Cinemateca de Cuba in Cuba, Permanencia Voluntaria in Mexico and Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento in Puerto Rico. This funding is in addition to support and expertise that is already being provided by the Academy Film Archive.
The Academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists. Grants range from $5,000-$15,000, and a total of $500,000 was awarded for the 2018-2019 grants year.
The Academy’s Grants program provides financial support to qualifying film festivals, educational institutions, and film scholars and supports the Academy’s overall mission to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures. The Academy Grants program has awarded a total of $12,194,000 to non-profit institutions and film festivals.
“This year the Grants are proud to support 51 organizations whose innovative programs reach broad audiences, underserved high school and college students, support mid-career and emerging filmmakers, and engage and enrich their local communities. The Grants also reached out to support several film archives devastated by recent climate events. It is the Grants’ privilege and responsibility to fund organizations, rising and established, that reflect both The Academy’s values and its leadership role in the arts,” said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy’s grants committee.
The grant recipient institutions and programs are as follows:
American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA) – Directing Workshop for Women
A tuition-free, year-long program that provides hands-on training and mentorship to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing.
Austin Film Festival (Austin, TX) – The Diversity Focus Program
A series of panels and screenings featuring underrepresented storytellers with a goal of challenging the narrative that minority voices are shrinking.
Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) – Film Scoring Artist In Residence
Program aims to advance the careers of practicing film composers, prepare students as film scoring professionals, diversify the pipeline of professional talent to the film industry, and increase public awareness of the significance of the film scoring craft.
California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) – Urban Stories Film Incubator
A year-long experience where students will be guided through pre-production, production, and post-production to create short films or documentaries that tell their diverse community stories while developing their long-term filmmaking skills.
Camden International Film Festival (Camden, ME) – Points North Institute 2018 Artist Programs
Program provides hundreds of independent documentary filmmakers from diverse backgrounds with unique opportunities for education, professional development, and artistic expansion.
Chicken & Egg Pictures (New York, NY) – 2018 Accelerator Lab for First and Second-Time Filmmakers
Program supports diverse women documentary filmmakers in completing their first or second film while laying the groundwork for sustainable long-term careers.
Columbia University School of the Arts (New York, NY) – Diversity Casting Initiative
A new co-curricular program designed to encourage MFA film students to incorporate a range of races, ethnicities, and gender identity in their films to better reflect the diversity encountered in daily life.