The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year.

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.

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