The National Board of Review will be awarding grant money through its annual Student Grant Program to 23 filmmakers, including nine graduate students and 14 undergraduate students, the organization announced Wednesday.
The students were selected from schools including Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Hunter College, Ringling College of Art Design, New York University and Wesleyan University.
In addition to the student grants, one student film will also be granted the Marion Carter Green Award. The honor is an endowed prize given annually by the NBR to an outstanding short student film that exhibits noteworthy use of musical elements.
The award is made possible through the generosity of Laurence Mark, honoring the memory of Green, his mother and long-time NBR Board member.
Light Iron Digital and Senior Post, two New York City post-production facilities, partnered with the NBR to award the 2015 student grants. Returning as grant partner, Light Iron Digital will award $5,000 in services to a grant winner. In its first year as grant partner, Senior Post will offer a special $5,000 prize, as well as $5,000 in services, to one grant winner.
Through the Student Grant Program, the National Board of Review’s objective is to emphasize the future of cinematic by helping young filmmakers finish their projects and exhibit them globally at film festivals like Sundance, Slamdance, Telluride and New Directors/New Films, among others.
Over the years, several filmmakers have won Student Academy Awards. The NBR also helps young filmmakers by supporting community organizations, such as the The Ghetto Film School, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking and Educational Video Center. The NBR’s core activities include fostering commentary on all aspects of film production, as well as underwriting educational film programs and seminars for film students.