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SF Film Society Among Big Winners At Sundance

The San Francisco Film Society is among the big winners at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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 Allwhich 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.

 

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