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About: Film Preservation Grants Available

Mon, 21 Apr 97 10:33:00 PDT

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Originally dated: Mon, 21 Apr 97 10:33:00 PDT

From: owner-viscom
To: Multiple recipients of list VISCOM
Subject: Grants Available
Date: Monday, 21 April, 1997 7:04AM

The American Film Institute is pleased to announce the availability
of $325,000 for "Archives Film Preservation Projects," the grant
award component of the AFI's centennial challenge campaign for film
preservation. The funds represent a second cycle of awards raised
through a challenge grant received by AFI from the National Endowment
for the Arts. The initiative is part of the institute's ongoing
commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the cinema. For the 1997
awards, the American Film Institute would like to thank The Film
Foundation, American Movie Classics, Universal Pictures, and Absolut
Vodka for their generous support of the AFI Preservation Challenge.

Nature of the Grants:
Grants will be awarded to assist organizations in paying for
laboratory costs to preserve and restore films of artistic and
cultural value. The program is national in scope and particularly
encourages projects of special significance to the 100-year artistic
and cultural legacy of the American cinema. For the first cycle of
AFI challenge funds awarded in 1995, preservation projects were
funded at 13 institutions, with individual grants ranging from $3,000
to $95,000. Most of the awards were in the range of $3,000 to $20,000.
There are no matching requirements for grants received through this
program; however, all funds awarded must be used to cover laboratory
costs to produce new film preservation masters from unique or
best-surviving copies of endangered motion pictures. All types of
films, regardless of base or format, are eligible, including, among
others, features and shorts, independent and avant garde cinema,
films reflecting ethnic culture and experiences, and film copies of
landmark television programs. Information on the films preserved and
the preservation elements produced through the program will be
publicly accessible through the AFI's National Moving Image Database

Only tax-exempt organizations may apply for support from this program
(a list of legal requirements is available on request). Applicants
must also have an existing archival film preservation program,
adequate staff and equipment to carry out the project, and must
provide reasonable access to reference materials generated as part of
the preservation process. [PS. I have a non-profit agency that would be
interested in partnering with some one interested in submitting a proposal,
Steve Smith,]

Review Process:
Applications will be reviewed by an independent professional panel
appointed by AFI in consultation with the National Endowment for the
Arts. All funding recommendations will be submitted for final
approval to the National Endowment for the Arts. Applications will be
processed and administered by staff of AFI's National Center for Film
and Video Preservation, who will notify organizations of grant award
or rejection, dispense funds, and receive final reports.

Special Application Requirements:
Applications should include a compelling argument for the overall
project and for the preservation of each of the films proposed. In
addition to completing the application form, applicants must provide:
* A description of the film/films proposed for preservation and
information demonstrating that they are unique or best-surviving
* An itemized list of preservation laboratory costs for the project.
* A brief history of the organization as it applies to the project.
* A description of policy and procedure for access to reference
materials and for the protection of preservation masters.
* Resumes of key project staff members.
* A list of existing equipment related to the project, and a
description of facilities for archival storage.

Deadline and Announcement Dates:
Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, June 13, 1997.
Notification of grant awards will be made no earlier than August 1997.

To request an application or additional information contact:
National Center for Film and Video Preservation
American Film Institute
P.O. Box 27999
2021 North Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: (213) 856-7637
Fax: (213) 856-7616

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