HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS MORE THAN $2.8 MILLION AT ANNUAL GRANTS BANQUET

HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHTS JOIN IN AWARDING GRANTS TO ENTERTAINMENT-RELATED CHARITIES, FOUNDATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) presented more than $2.8 million dollars in donations at its annual Grants Banquet held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The evening was hosted by Chelsea Handler and included a special musical performance by Keala Settle. Talent who accepted grants on behalf of nonprofit organizations and institutions included Aja Naomi King, Anthony Mackie, Armie Hammer, Ava DuVernay, Bob Odenkirk, Chadwick Boseman, Chrissy Metz, Dustin Hoffman, Dylan Minnette, Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Langford, Matt Bomer, Kathryn Hahn, Kumail Nanjiani, Mark Hamill, Patrick Stewart, Robert Pattinson, andStan Lee. Additional attendees included Ali Kazal, Alison Brie, Emily V. Gordon, Jenny Slate, Jon Voight, and Zoe Lister-Jones.

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Highlights from the evening included:

  • Comedian and Netflix talk show host Chelsea Handler took the stage and led the evening as emcee. “Tonight we celebrate the three things Donald Trump hates the most: foreigners, the press, and actually donating money to charity,” joked Handler. She went on to say “…the HFPA isn’t just a group that votes for the Golden Globes. These members write for more than 200 publications around the world covering both film and television. That’s a lot of fake news.”
  • Kathryn Hahn and Kumail Nanjiani took the stage to accept a new grant from the HFPA awarded to the Los Angeles LGBT Center for their Outset: Young Filmmakers Project which provides at-risk LGBTQ youth ages 16-24 with a hands-on experience in a fully supported filmmaking environment. “These youths, many of whom have no other place to turn to than the Center, will write, direct and produce their own 6-minute films that focus on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community,” said Hahn. “And judging by our president’s tweets of late, we need all the stories we can get.” Nanjiani agreed, “Yes, before he replaces all content with Fox and Friends. This project is exciting because we need stories told from all different points of view. That is the only way we can use art to affect actual change.”
  • Ava DuVernay accepted a grant on behalf of The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, a tuition-free program that provides mentorship and hands-on training to increase the number of female directors. “Did you know that in the 1920s and 30s more than 300 films were directed by women?,” asked DuVernay. “Sad how times have changed later on in our ‘modern’ age. Women in film – or rather lack thereof – have been a big point of discussion in these past few years and thankfully efforts are being made to change the appalling statistics.”
  • Aja Naomi King and Anthony Mackie, while accepting a grant on behalf of the Columbia University, School of Arts Film Division, expressed the importance of education and shared their own personal stories. “My parents really wanted me to go to college and get a real job,” said King. “I graduated from Yale with a masters degree in fine arts.” Mackie followed up, “I can’t compete with your masters degree, but like you I actually studied my craft. First at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in my hometown and then at Juilliard… which is better than Yale.”

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The HFPA focuses their grants in four major areas: nurturing the development of young artists in film and television through support for scholarships, fellowships and education; preserving the culture and history of motion pictures by supporting film preservation; promoting cultural exchange and understanding through support for major programs and exhibitions that utilize film to ignite critical dialogue; and supporting special projects, educational and cultural activities connected with the entertainment industry.

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The HFPA began giving grants as early as 1989 to institutions such as University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC) and the American Cinematheque, which continue to receive support today.  The HFPA has created endowments at Los Angeles colleges and universities to help underserved students such as Los Angeles Community College and California State University, Northridge.  In addition, over the years the HFPA has responded to outside issues and humanitarian crises throughout the world.  Earlier this year, the HFPA provided the International Rescue Committee with a $500,000 grant that was presented at the Cannes Film Festival.  The HFPA will also provide the Committee to Protect Journalists with a one-time grant of $200,000.

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For more than 25 years, the HFPA has committed nearly $30 million in grants, provided more than 1,500 scholarships and helped restore over 90 titles. The mission of the HFPA’s Charitable Trust is to foster education, diversity and creative expression in art and film through a variety of programs and special grants. Through the annual Grants Banquet, the HFPA will continue to provide funds and resources to institutions and people that need it most. Below please find the complete list of this year’s grant recipients.

HFPA 2017 GRANTEES:

HIGHER EDUCATION: FELLOWSHIPS & INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

  • California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) – $60,000
  • Cal State Fullerton – $60,000
  • Cal State Long Beach – $60,000
  • Cal State Los Angeles – $60,000
  • Cal State Northridge – $60,000
  • Columbia University – $60,000
  • Los Angeles City College – $25,000
  • Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $10,000
  • New York University – $50,000
  • University of California, Los Angeles – $125,000

HFPA SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENTS

  • American Film Institute – $20,000
  • CalArts – $12,500
  • Cal State Fullerton – $5,000
  • Cal State Long Beach – $5,000
  • Cal State Los Angeles – $2,650
  • Cal State Northridge – $5,000
  • Columbia University – $20,000
  • Los Angeles City College – $4,000
  • Loyola Marymount – $20,000
  • Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $5,000
  • New York University – $20,000
  • UCLA – $20,000
  • University of North Carolina – $5,000
  • University of Southern California – $20,000

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING

  • American Film Institute – $40,000
  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – $15,000
  • Exceptional Minds – $25,000
  • Film Independent, Project: Involve – $60,000
  • Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn) – $20,000
  • International Documentary Association – $10,000
  • Motion Picture & Television Fund – $10,000
  • New Filmmakers Los Angeles – $10,000
  • SAG-AFTRA Foundation – $10,000
  • Streetlights – $15,000
  • Sundance Institute – $125,000
  • Women Make Movies – $10,000

PRE-PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION & MENTORING

  • California State Summer School Arts Foundation – $25,000
  • Echo Park Film Center – $10,000
  • Ghetto Film School – $30,000
  • GlobalGirl Media – $10,000
  • Inner-City Arts (Downtown LA) – $30,000
  • Inner City Filmmakers (Santa Monica) – $30,000
  • Kids in the Spotlight – $10,000
  • LAUSD/USC Arts & Engineering Magnet – $25,000
  • Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $25,000
  • The Music Center – $5,000

PRESERVE THE CULTURE & HISTORY OF FILM

  • Film Noir – $25,000
  • Outfest (UCLA LGBT project) – $35,000
  • The Film Foundation – $350,000
  • Toronto International Film Festival – $15,000

PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH FILM

  • American Cinematheque – $45,000
  • Film Independent/LACMA Series – $125,000
  • FilmAid International – $100,000
  • Hollywood Heritage Museum – $10,000
  • Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – $15,000
  • Library Foundation of Los Angeles – $20,000
  • Los Angeles Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats – $35,000
  • Museum of the Moving Image – $10,000
  • San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $10,000
  • University of California, Berkeley Film Archive – $20,000
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Ebertfest) – $10,000

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – $25,000
  • Ensemble Studio Theatre – $15,000
  • Gingold Theatre Group/Shaw Festival – $10,000
  • Lollipop Theater Network – $20,000
  • Pablove Foundation – $20,000
  • Young Musicians Foundation – $10,000
  • Young Storytellers Foundation – $10,000
  • Committee to Protect Journalists – $200,000

2017 NEW GRANTEES

  • Los Angeles LGBT Center – $10,000
  • Santa Monica College – $30,000
  • The Moth – $70,000
  • Veterans in Film & Television – $10,000
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum – $10,000

2017 ONE-TIME EQUIPMENT GRANTS

  • CalArts – $31,104
  • Cal State Long Beach – $30,000
  • Cal State Los Angeles – $30,000
  • Echo Park Film Center – $50,000
  • Film Independent, Project Involve – $40,000
  • Motion Picture and Television Fund – $50,000
  • Mount San Antonio College – $30,000

Founded in the 1940s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of L.A.-based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film. Seventy years later, members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate nearly $30 million to entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).

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