The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced grants totaling $2.5 million in support of filmmakers from — and outreach to audiences in — underserved communities.
To that end, ninety-six organizations were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 — including a round of emergency COVID-19 grants announced in April — through the academy's FilmCraft and FilmWatch programs, which were created to identify and empower future filmmakers from non-traditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists.
Grant recipients include the African Diaspora Film Festival, Inc. (New York City), Asian Culture and Media Alliance (San Diego), the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (Atlanta), the Chicago Latino Film Festival (Chicago), Film Independent (Los Angeles), New York Women in Film & Television (New York City), the Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival (Camden, Maine), ReelAbilities NY (New York City), and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (San Francisco).
"The academy's first priority remains to help those in our film community most impacted by the current global crisis," said AMPAS board member and Education and Outreach Committee chair Nancy Utley. "Our contribution of $2 million in emergency funds to the Academy Foundation, along with the grants we bestow on an annual basis, will surely benefit struggling organizations so they may continue to encourage diverse storytelling and enrich cinema and its artists."