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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Awards is known for the Oscar awards among the public and filmmakers, but actually it is a non-profit organization that offers several interesting programs. We will address Academy Awards activities in three articles. In this third section we tell you about the Academy’s grant program. The Academy Grants program directly supports the overall mission of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures. The program also supports the Academy’s commitment…

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Awards is known for the Oscar awards among the public and filmmakers, but actually it is a non-profit organization that offers several interesting programs. We will address Academy Awards activities in three articles. In this second section we tell you about Teacher Guide Series & Spark Teachers Guide Series The Academy produces a series of guides for middle and high school teachers to facilitate the classroom exploration of the art and science of motion pictures.  The activities are designed to tap students’ interest in film and the excitement of the Academy Awards to…

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Awards is known for the Oscar awards among the public and filmmakers, but actually it is a non-profit organization that offers several interesting programs. We will address Academy Awards activities in three articles The Academy seeks to further the understanding and appreciation of motion pictures and the production process for people of all ages. A diverse array of programs for students, teachers, filmmakers, scholars, institutions, and the public provide unique opportunities for enrichment and engagement with cinema and its artists. MEDIA LITERACY Throughout the year, the Academy hosts nearly 1000 middle and…

In the past two years I’ve read a lot of articles and heard a lot of people talk about the future of cinema. Ted Hope preaches on the necessity of a sustainable film ecosystem. Tim League experiments with new modes of distribution. Powerful algorithms help craft content for specific audiences like never before, piracy is both an aid and a threat, and equity crowdfunding looms like an inscrutable (and hopefully benign) god over the whole conversation. Despite these familiar talking points, my filmmaking partner Matt Latham and I felt that there was something missing. All the voices we heard were…

In the wake of global turmoil and Hollywood’s re-examination of its codes of conduct, the launch of Artists for Change, Artists4Change.org, the non-profit that is committed to playing a critical role in stimulating social change through film and digital content, arrives at a critical time. Founder Julia Verdin, an accomplished producer and award-winning director, brought together a group of like-minded film industry individuals in her belief that the power of collective voice can make a change. Verdin says, “Those of us who work in the film and TV industries carry an incredible responsibility in these troubled times”. Artists for Change…