True/False Film Festival receives $20,000 grant

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 6:08 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia True/False Film Festival has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The festival also received the grant in 2010.

"It's obviously a huge honor," Ragtag programming executive director Tracy Lane said. "To be recognized by the academy is very exciting."

The academy provides grants to help festivals become more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers and strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public, according to a recent news release.

U.S. film festivals are eligible to apply for a grant every other year. For the 2012 calendar, the academy awarded grants to 25 U.S. film festivals, totalling $455,000.

The True/False Film Festival plans to use the funds for educational outreach programs, specifically its high school program that gives students the chance to work with filmmakers.

Funds will also go to the festival's SWAMI program, which selects budding young filmmakers for weeklong workshops with filmmakers.

The ninth True/False Film Festival will be held March 1-4. For information about tickets and programming, visit the festival's website.

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