The BFF is delighted to announce the award of 22 grants totaling $193,000—the largest annual amount to date. A
120 applications were received from
filmmakers who reside or work in the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. Since its founding in 2009, BFF has awarded
in grants to
This year’s Saul Zaentz award for $25,000
was given to Sara Lafleur-Vetter and her filmmaking partners Jonathan Klett and Romin Lee Johnson for their film,
The Sacred and the Snake,
about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sara was a student grant winner
in 2015 and BFF is proud to support her work as a professional filmmaker!
The Al Bendich grant for $20,000
was awarded to Lise Pearlman whose film,
American Justice on Trial,
takes us back to 1968 and the Black Panther movement.
New this year, BFF received support from the
City of Emeryville
and two grants were given to Emeryville filmmakers: Pratibha Parmar for her film,
My Name is Andrea,
and to Peter Li-Pan Lee for his film,
Don't Be A Hero
. Thank you to the City of Emeryville!