The BFF is delighted to announce the award of
26 grants, totaling $229,000
—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
nearly $1.5 million
This year’s Saul Zaentz award for $25,000
was given to Bryan Gibel and A.K. Sandhu for their film,
Sign My Name to Freedom
about Betty Reid Soskin, famous as America’s oldest Park Ranger, she was a singer-songwriter in the 60s with a voice like Billie Holiday and the relevance of Nina Simone.
The Al Bendich grant for $20,000
was awarded to Shareef Nasir and Dana Nachman for th
. The gripping citizen-detective story investigates the contested history surrounding the assassination of Malcolm X.
The City of Emeryville continues to support BFF. This year our Emeryville grant winners are: Andres Alegria for his film:
Song for Cesar
and Rick Tejada-Flores for the film:
. Thank you to the City of Emeryville!