SF Film Society Among Big Winners At Sundance
The Society provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to four films that won awards at Sundance. It gave $200,000 in production grants to the film Fruitvale, a fictionalized account of the Oscar Grant shooting. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance.
The Film Society also provided a $50,000 grant to Zachary Heinzerling for his documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which won the Directing Award; a $25,000 grant to American Promise, which won a Special Jury Prize, and development support to Inequality for All, which also won a Special Jury Prize.
Michele Turnure-Salleo heads the Film Society's grants program, created in 2009. She says the Bay Area is in the midst of a film renaissance. "We have a number of programs that we feel are helping people realize there are opportunities here that are not available in other places," Turner-Salleo says.
Only films with budgets under $3 million qualify for the grants.
The grants come with some strings -- the money must be spent with Bay Area companies.
For instance, the Film Society supported Beasts of the Southern Wild, a Sundance winner last year and an Oscar nominee. The film makers for Beasts did sound production at Marin's Skywalker Sound.