LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today recipients of its 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants. The Oxford Film Festival received a $5,000 FilmWatch grant to support expanding the features and shorts focusing on LGBTQ issues during the February 6-9, 2019 festival.
“This year the Grants are proud to support 51 organizations whose innovative programs reach broad audiences, underserved high school and college students, support mid-career and emerging filmmakers, and engage and enrich their local communities. The Grants also reached out to support several film archives devastated by recent climate events. It is the Grants’ privilege and responsibility to fund organizations, rising and established, that reflect both The Academy’s values and its leadership role in the arts,” said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy’s grants committee.
The 16th annual Oxford Film Festival will expand its LGBTQ features to five from three and provide more shorts than in previous years. The festival has always shown quality LGBTQ content but in response to HB 1523, a bill passed in Mississippi, the Religious Liberties Accommodation Act, created a new LGBTQ section to create a system of support for LGBTQ filmmakers. Submissions open on May 1.
The Academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists. Grants range from $5,000-$15,000, and a total of $500,000 was awarded for the 2018-2019 grants year.