Academy awards True/False Film Fest $75,000 grant

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 6:50 p.m. CST; updated 10:55 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded a $75,000 grant to the True/False Film Fest.

The festival will receive $25,000 a year for the next three years to fund its Neither/Nor series.

The funding from this grant will help directors delve deeper into the exhilarating work suggested by the festival's name, co-director David Wilson said in a news release.

The Neither/Nor series is a recently added collaboration with Ragtag Cinema featuring chimeras, which are films straddling the line between fiction and nonfiction, according to the festival's website. The second year of the series will highlight Iranian chimeras presented by critic Godfrey Cheshire. 

Since the film festival showed its first documentary 10 years ago, it has received two $20,000 single-year grants from the Academy for the 2010 and 2012 festivals, according to the news release. The festival in downtown Columbia revolves around the various documentaries and directors that come to present them, performances by musicians between films, and multiple art installations.

"Being recognized by the Academy in such a significant way is one of the greatest milestones in our history," Wilson said in the news release.

The 2014 True/False Film Fest will be held from Feb. 27 to March 2. Passes and more information are available at

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