AMPAS Gives $500,000 to Schools, Nonprofits

Annual Academy Foundation grants fund internship, training and educational programs

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that the Academy Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants to 73 schools and film-related nonprofit organizations.

The money was targeted at internship programs in colleges and universities ranging from NYU, USC, CalArts and UCLA to Montclair State in New Jersey and Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana; women, minority and job training programs from the American Film Institute, Film Independent’s Project: Involve and Inner-City Filmmakers; and screening series and visiting filmmaker programs from a variety of colleges, film festivals and organizations, from major organizations like the George Eastman House and the Writers Guild Foundation to small ventures like the Micromedia screening series at the Echo Park Film Center (below)in Los Angeles.

Echo Park Film Center“The Academy strives to make the motion picture industry as accessible as possible to new talent and the public,” said Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe in the press release announcing the grants.

Last year the Academy Foundation awarded the same amount of money to 64 organizations. Over its 42-year history, the foundation has awarded more than 700 institutional grants and $6.3 million in funding. It also supplies funding for film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals, with an annual disbursement of more than $1 million.

More information on the grants program is available at

This year’s grants:

Internship Programs

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)

Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City) 

Emerson College (Boston)

New York University – Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

University of California, Los Angeles – Film and Television Program 

University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) 

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)

University of Southern California (Los Angeles)


New York University – Moving Pictures Archive and Preservation Program

Stanford University

Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, CA)

DePaul University (Chicago)

Florida State University (Tallahassee)

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)

Brooklyn College

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

Montclair State University (New Jersey)

Penn State University (University Park)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

University of Arizona (Tucson)

Institutional Grants

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

Streetlights (Los Angeles) – Job training program

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

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Film program

Film Independent (Los Angeles) – Project: Involve

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

UCLA Film & Television Archive – Screening series

Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Education programs


The ACME Network (Los Angeles) – The ACME Animation Program 

American Documentary (New York City) – History of Documentary film project
Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, NY) – Visiting filmmaker program

The Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 56th Flaherty Film Seminar

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

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

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

The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) – Filmmaker residencies

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Visiting filmmakers program

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) – Latino Producers Academy 

New York Women in Film & Television – Women’s film symposium

Salt Lake City Film Center – Visiting artists program

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – Guest speakers’ program


Crowing Rooster Arts (New York City) – Cine Institute Haitian film training program


Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) – AMI Advanced Lab program

The Autry National Center of the American West (Los Angeles) – Crossing Borders film series

Brooklyn Museum (New York City) – First Saturdays screening series

California College of the Arts (Oakland) – Master class program 

California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles) – Visiting artist residency

Cinefamily (Los Angeles) – Silent Treatment film series

Film Forum (New York City) – Premiere screenings/filmmakers-in-person program

IFP (New York City) – Independent filmmaker labs

IFP Chicago – Producers’ workshop series

The Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – German New Wave tribute program

Maysles Institute (New York City) – filmmaking education program scholarship fund

Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) – Visiting artist program

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) – Conference on film criticism

Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Hollywood Costume Design exhibition

Outfest (Los Angeles) – Access LA seminar series and screenwriting lab

Paramount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, NY) – Music and Film series

SIFF (Seattle) – FutureWave Filmmakers Visits program

San Francisco Film Society – Artist-in-residence program 

Southern Arts Federation (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

Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Guest filmmaker series

Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) – Filmmakers in Conversation program

Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH) – Visiting filmmaker series

Berklee College of Music (Boston) – Visiting artists program

IFP Minnesota – Independent Producers Conference

3rd i South Asian Independent Film (Berkeley, CA) – Speaker series

Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles) – Microcinema screening series


Boulder Public Library (CO) – Stan Brakhage screening program


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