The Hollywood Foreign Press Association supports over 70 organizations active in journalism, film restoration, education, and other charitable causes. This year we will be awarding over $5.1 million in grants and fellowships. Each year the grants are announced in a special ceremony. This year in lieu of the in-person event, we will premiere an exciting Virtual Grants Ceremony featuring celebrity presenters, musical numbers, and videos featuring select grantees.
In this difficult year, we would like to spotlight supported schools in which young creators are shaping their unique and diverse vision. The featured schools are the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), Get Lit, Echo Park Film Center, Kids In the Spotlight, UCLA Film Young Directors, Outfest LA, Inner-City Arts, A Place Called Home, Las Fotos, Plaza de Cutura y Artes/Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today, and California State Summer School for the Arts. Their programs will be introduced by working actors and storytellers including Anna Kendrick, Awkwafina, Billie Eilish, Christian Slater, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Finneas O’Connell, George Clooney, John David Washington, Jurnee Smollett, Mary J. Blige, Method Man, Millie Bobby Brown, Nicole Kidman, Paul Mescal, Salma Hayek, Sophia Loren, and Tracee Ellis Ross. The show titled HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation will be hosted by James Corden.
The HFPA recognizes that in a moment in which the industry faces difficult challenges and strives to become more diverse and inclusive it is important that we reach out beyond simply financial support to uplift and empower those who represent our future. Through their music film, dance, and spoken word, we will capture the excitement, aspirations, and dreams of these young people as they imagine better days ahead. Our show is also their showcase. Be sure to follow the live stream premiere TUESDAY OCTOBER 13 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET.