The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), now in its 17th year, has received its second grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The funding, aimed at supporting programming that showcases Israeli history, culture, and politics, represents a renewed vote of support for Atlanta’s largest film festival.
In a statement released by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, grants committee chair Buffy Shutt said the following: “’This year, the grants will support non–profit organizations in 24 communities across the country, reach underserved high school students, support emerging and mid–career filmmakers of all ages, and will provide unique opportunities for enrichment and engagement with the cinematic community and its artists.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 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–$20,000, and a total of $500,000 was awarded for the 2017–2018 grants year. In a highly selective grant process, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is among 44 programs to receive funding.
Academy funding is earmarked to support the AJFF “Life in Israel” program, featuring films and panels that explore issues surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, immigration, sports, history, culture, and life in Israel.
Says AJFF Executive Director, Kenny Blank, “It is an honor to be recognized not only by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but to be in the company of so many other film festivals and film presenters that we hold in such high esteem. There is no greater validation in the film arts field than to be recognized by the Academy.”