Berkeley FILM Foundation

Fall 2016 

2016 Berkeley FILM Foundation Grant Winners Announced
We are delighted to announce that $147,000 was awarded to 17 filmmakers, including the winners of the $25,000 Saul Zaentz Award  and our new $20,000 Al Bendich Award.  BFF has distributed more than $1 million in grants to over 100 filmmakers, including 29 students since 2009!  See our website for the stellar list of BFF grant winners to date and this year's winners.
We were amazed at the quality and quantity of films submitted this year.  Thank you to all the filmmakers who applied! 
Thanks to our generous donors, the East Bay Community Foundation and the LaFetra Foundation, BFF awarded two $12,000 grants to Oakland filmmakers.  We will continue to support Oakland filmmakers in our future grant cycles!
BFF supports the local larger independent film community by offering free workshops, thanks to the Fleishhacker Foundation. In March, we hosted a Community Engagement Workshop with Sonya Childress.  Her presentation focused on finding, engaging and leveraging the filmmaker's audience.  Participants were able to ask questions and came away with a lot of useful information. Thank you Sonya! 
If you missed the workshop, or know a filmmaker who would benefit from watching the presentation, you can access the video HERE  
JUST ANNOUNCED:  A Conversation with Bay Area film funders.  
Wednesday, October 5th @ 1pm at The David Brower Center 

Our continuing educational series brings together John Lightfoot, senior program officer of California Humanities, Lisa Chanoff, co-founder of Catapult Films, and Julie Parker Benello, co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures in a panel discussion about Bay Area film funding. Join us and learn about their application review process as they engage you in a Q & A. BFF President Abby Ginzberg will moderate the conversation.

Our Saul Zaentz Award winner. The film follows
sex trafficking survivor-leaders that have bravely broken their silence to advocate for better legislation, education, and to provide services for victims.

A recipient of  the Al Bendich
Award, this story examines the roots of America's "dropout" crisis through the lens of Victor Rios, a former gang member turned mentor.

Is about the life and work of  Alejandro Murguia.  Raised  in Tijuana his journey takes him from the Chicano Movement to San Francisco State University, where he teaches in the first Ethnic Studies Program in The U.S. to becoming San Francisco's  Poet Laureate.
This tragic event leads four artists to create an opera that is an emotional echo for those who lived through the war and is a moving experience for younger generations.
A New Color
Tuesday Nov 1st @ 7:00 pm
Marlene Morris-filmmaker

Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, Edythe Boone embodied that truth as an artist, an educator, and a great-grandmother.
The persistence of racial inequality in this country evokes for activist artists like Edy powerful and deep questions: Have Edy's nearly eight decades of social justice work meant something? Has it been worth the sacrifice? Can building multicultural bridges through art bring about positive change? Who will carry on her civil rights legacy?
BFF initially funded this film as a student project.   
Tuesday, Nov 15th @ 7 pm
Catherine Ryan & Gary Weimberg-filmmakers

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten.
The film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as "pure joy."

BFF's Saul Zaentz grant award film in 2013. 
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