HFPA Grants More Than $1,000,000 to 26 Film Schools and Non-Profit Organizations During Annual Installation Luncheon

by HFPA August 17, 2006

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HFPA President Philip Berk (R) presents actor Jack Nicholson with the check forThe Film Foundation as they attend the HFPA annual installation luncheon.   BEVERLY HILLS, CA, August 17, 2006  –  For the third year in a row, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is donating more than $1,000,000 in financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations.    These awards were announced during the Association’s Annual Installation Luncheon honoring its 2006-2007 slate of officers at the Beverly Hills Hotel today.    Celebrities attending the event included Felicity Huffman (master of ceremonies), Annette Bening, Bill Condon, Jenna Elfman, James Franco, Dustin Hoffman, Lisa Kudrow, Diane Lane, Jack Nicholson, Edward James Olmos, Christina Ricci, Mark Ruffalo and Forest Whitaker.    President Philip Berk introduced the officers Mahfouz Doss, vice president; Jorge Camara, treasurer; Meher Tatna, executive secretary; all of whom were reelected.  The new board is made up of Yani Begakis (Chairman), Erkki Kanto, Mira Panajotovic, Lorenzo Soria, Armando Gallo and Yoram Kahana (alternate).    Acceptance remarks on behalf of the grants were made by Jack Nicholson (The Film Foundation), Annette Bening (FilmAid International), Jenna Elfman (LA County High School for the Arts Foundation), Bill Condon (Outfest), James Franco (California State Summer School Arts Foundation), Dustin Hoffman (Los Angeles Conservancy), Lisa Kudrow (Inner-City Arts), Diane Lane (American Cinematheque), Edward James Olmos (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Christina Ricci (Sundance Institute), Mark Ruffalo (IFP West) and Forest Whitaker (Inner-City Filmmakers).   “We’re delighted that so many celebrities and community leaders were able to be with us today for our annual installation luncheon to celebrate the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s donations to 26 outstanding film-related charities and educational institutions,” said Berk.  “We are proud that this year’s annual grants again exceed $1,000,000 and our total tally for grants given during the last 12 years is more than $6,500,000.  We are thrilled that the success of the Golden Globes allows us to be so generous.”




Higher Education Grants – HFPA Fellows Scholarships & Institutional SupportAmerican Film Institute    $30,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships for second-year MFA candidatesCalifornia Institute of the Arts, School of Film/Video    $50,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships for up to 12 scholarship awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 each for top-ranked upperclassmen and graduate students in the School’s four programs (directing, film/video, character animation, and experimental animation).California State University, Long Beach; Department of Film and Electronic Arts    $30,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships, $8,000 institutional support toward equipment for scholarship recipients.California State University, Los Angeles$20,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships.    California State University, Northridge, Department of Cinema and Television Arts $50,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships for 10 senior film students to enable them to complete their required final film projects. Columbia University School of the Arts$50,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships for seven international MFA candidates.    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater, Film and Television   $50,000 for HFPA Fellows Scholarships for five MFA Directing students, with preference given to foreign students. Pre-Professional Training and EducationCalifornia State Summer School Arts Foundation    $20,000 to provide scholarships for Los Angeles students to attend the 2006 session of the CSSSA InnerSpark, a summer training program for California high school students who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the arts.The Ghetto Film School, Inc.$10,000 to provide training and experience for New York City inner-city children interested in film industry careers.  Inner-City Arts$15,000 for equipment for animation program for low-income youth in Los Angeles.Inner-City Filmmakers$15,000 towards a year-round pre-professional training and support for low-income/minority youth from Los Angeles to prepare for careers in the film industry.   LA County High School for the Arts Foundation -- $20,000 for the film programProfessional Training and Mentoring for Emerging FilmmakersCaucus for TV producers, Writers and Directors Foundation$10,000 to provide finishing funds and mentoring for thesis filmsIFP West dba Film Independent [FIND]   $30,000 to support the job placement component of “Project: Involve,” a professional training and mentoring program that provides 40 under-represented filmmakers the opportunity to develop their craft and make valuable connections that can become the basis for their careers.     Independent Feature Project, New York    $10,000 toward the IFP Rough Cuts Lab, a mentorship and networking program for emerging filmmakers with quality works-in-progress, so their films can successfully enter the marketplace.  National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Inc$20,000 toward costs for mentors in the 2006 Latino Producers Academy, which identifies and nurtures new Latino/a filmmakers though intensive workshop and practicum sessions to support the development of their film projects. The Sundance Institute$100,000 toward the next phase of the Sundance International Initiative, which supports international filmmakers across all programs, including the Feature Film Program and Film Festival.Preserve the Culture and History of Motion Pictures

A) Funding film preservation and archival programs with national and international significance

The Film Foundation Inc.$300,000 to initiate a series of restorations in 2006.  Specific projects to be identified and approved by HFPA.Outfest$20,000 toward costs of LGBT Film Study Center at UCLA , a new, extensive collection of LGBT films.  

B) Funding major film retrospectives that showcase masterworks and prominent filmmakers of world cinema to advance knowledge and appreciation among diverse audiences, primarily in Los Angeles

American Cinematheque$20,000 for Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Nominees Series and $20,000 for “Acclaimed Performers” tribute to world cinema leaders.Los Angeles Conservancy$30,000 for “Last Remaining Seats,” to strengthen public appreciation the motion pictures and movie palaces that are part of Los Angeles' history.Promote Cultural Exchange through FilmFilmAid International$50,000 to continue the “HFPA Kakuma Peace and Reconciliation Series” serving Sudanese and other refugees in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya.  Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles     LACLA$10,000 for special screeningSpecial ProjectsEnsemble Studio Theatre - The LA Project$5,000 for the 2006-07 season of play development and West Coast premiere productions featuring emerging playwrights and theater artists.FINCA International$10,000 special grant to support micro-loans for impoverished entrepreneurs in Tajikistan.Young Musicians Foundation    $5,000 special grant to support the YMF Debut Orchestra. SUBTOTAL: $1,008,000President’s Discretionary FundThe Trustees unanimously approved an additional $30,000 for the President’s discretionary fund.GRAND TOTAL: $1,038,000