The Cleveland International Film Festival will be the recipient of a multiyear grant for its Focus on Filmmakers program. It will receive a total of $150,000 over a three-year period. The Chicago International Film Festival is in its second year of a multiyear grant, receiving $150,000 in total for its World Cinema Spotlight program.

While the grants are awarded for a variety of festival programs, organizers are encouraged to submit proposals intended to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public.

The 2012 film festival grants allocations are as follows:


Chicago International Film Festival – World Cinema Spotlight program

Cleveland International Film Festival – Focus on Filmmakers


Los Angeles Film Festival – Free Screenings program

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival – World Cinema Spotlight program


Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI) – 50th Anniversary Archival program

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – Directors in the Schools, Educational

Curriculum Development and free tickets

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC) – Thematic program

Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – “30 Years of Outfest” retrospective program

Palm Springs International ShortFest – Filmmaker Forums

Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Field Trip to the Movies program

True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO) – Visiting Filmmaker program; SWAMI Mentoring program; Film Academy Student Track; Outreach to Students and Minorities

Virginia Film Festival (Charlottesville) – Community Outreach and Education program


RiverRun International Film Festival (Winston-Salem, NC) – 2010 Spotlight program: Landmark Science Fiction Films

St. Louis International Film Festival – Women in Film Sidebar


Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio) – “Let’s Talk About Water” screening and seminar program

Berkshire International Film Festival (Great Barrington, MA) – Talent Campus

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, MT) – Retrospective Programming and the

Reel Sounds Sidebar

Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington, NC) – Voices program

Indie Memphis Film Festival – Visiting Filmmakers and Community Outreach

Maryland Film Festival (Baltimore) – New Waves in World Cinema program

Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles) – StudentFest


New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival (New York City) – Retrospective Program

South East European Film Festival (Los Angeles) – Audience Development

Tallgrass Film Festival (Witchita, KS) – Filmmaker Hospitality

Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy’s Festival Grants Program has distributed 277 grants totaling $4.85 million in funding. For more information on the grants program, visit

The Academy Foundation – the Academy’s cultural and educational wing – annually distributes more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Foundation also presents the Academy’s rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.


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