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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Provides Grants to the Purchase School of Film and Media Studies

Date Released: 6/23/2011

Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences encourages an appreciation of motion pictures as a vocation and an art form through its Education & Outreach Programs. Details.

Last year 21 colleges and universities and 73 film-related non-profit organizations received support from the Academy.


The internship grant for Purchase will fund 15 internships (8 in the fall; 7 in the spring) in the coming academic year.  Students will receive funds for transportation to the locations of their internships allowing them to pursue the kinds of intensive industry experiences available only in New York City. Stipends are awarded based on grade point averages and the quality of recent student work. In the past, students have held internships with New Line Cinema, Magnolia Pictures, Blue Sky Studios, Possible Films, the Tribeca Film Festival and the American Museum of the Moving Image.


The Academy has also generously provided the School of Film and Media Studies with an "Institutional Grant" which will provide funds to host three filmmakers and working professionals each semester who will present their work and speak to students about contemporary issues in the industry.  A mix of directors and cinematographers at various stages of their careers will be invited to engage students in discussions, screenings, and student-only workshops. Successful Purchase alumni will be among the featured artists so the students can  see themselves as the next generation of filmmakers. The program builds on the school's strong effort to engage students in a dialogue with significant artists in the contemporary film industry.