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Miami & Sarasota Earn Grants From Academy
(released 10/26/2006)

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has allocated $290,000 in grants among 27 U.S. film festivals for calendar year 2007.

Separately – and in addition to the 27 festivals named below – three festivals, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, have received $50,000 each under a special multi-year grant program designed to give them funding assurance for long-term projects.

The 2007 allocations are as follows:

$25,000 – Seattle International Film Festival

$20,000 – the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, CA)

$15,000 – the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC), the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival

$10,000 – the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, KidFilm (Dallas, TX), Miami International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, New York International Children’s Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival (OR), Provincetown’s International Film Festival (MA), Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival (Urbana, IL), San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and the Woodstock Film Festival.

$5,000 – the Aspen Shortsfest, the Greenmountain Film Festival (Montpelier, VT), ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival (NY), Phoenix Film Festival, the Port Townsend Film Festival (WA), the Three Rivers Film Festival (Pittsburgh, PA), the VC FILMFEST: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Vistas Film Festival (Dallas, TX)

The Festival Grants Program was established by the Academy in 1999 and to date has made 151 grants to film festivals.  The Sarasota Film Festival was also selected for a $20,000 grant in 2004.  The Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival was also awarded $20,000 that same year.

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