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Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: Academy Grants Program

Deadline: November 18, 2016

The Academy Grants program directly supports the overall mission of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures. Through the Grants Program, the Academy seeks to adhere to the following Guiding Principles:

  • Promote diversity
  • Bridge the opportunity divide
  • Attract and engage broad new audiences for theatrical motion pictures
  • Provide a platform for underrepresented artists, the full range of film genres, and a variety of viewpoints and approaches
  • Encourage filmmaking as a vocation
  • Illuminate less visible aspects of filmmaking and the film industry through scholarly research, presentations, and discussions

The Academy currently provides funding in three areas:

  • FilmWatch grants support curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations. Targeted programs include those that create culturally diverse viewing experiences, promote motion pictures as an art form, provide a platform for underrepresented artists, and cultivate new and dedicated audiences for theatrical film.
  • FilmCraft grants support high-quality educational programs that identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds. Targeted programs include those that encourage an appreciation of film as both a vocation and an art form, and those that provide direct, hands-on opportunities for participants to gain the filmmaking skills they need to tell their stories.
  • Academy Film Scholars grants are awarded to previously published individuals who are pursuing significant new works of film scholarship. These grants fund research as well as academic and scholarly projects that elevate both filmmaking and film scholarship. Projects must address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Those examining elements of the film industry that have been underrepresented in the canon of film scholarship will be given priority.

Amount: FilmWatch and FilmCraft grants generally range from $5,000-$25,000. Two Academy Film Scholars grants of $25,000 will be awarded.

Eligibility: To apply for a FilmWatch or FilmCraft grant, organizations must:

  • Have nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application
  • Apply directly on its own behalf (fiscal sponsors for U.S.-based organizations are not allowed)
  • Have a five-year history of programming if applying for a FilmWatch grant, or a three-year history of programming if applying for a FilmCraft grant

To apply for an Academy Film Scholars grant, applicants must:

  •  Be established scholars, writers, historians or researchers possessing either a significant record of achievement, or exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments in his or her field.
  • Have written and published at least one book of scholarship prior to applying.
  • Propose a new work in the English language encompassing some aspect of theatrical motion picture art, science, commerce, history or theory. Those examining elements of the film industry that have been underrepresented in the canon of film scholarship will be given priority. Works solely exploring television, video or other media arts are not eligible. Proposed works may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, interactive DVDs or Internet sites.

Link: http://www.oscars.org/education-grants/grants

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