LAST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Calling all Filmmakers who reside or work in the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland!

STUDENT GRANTS: Students 18+ who live in Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley and Emeryville and are enrolled in a film arts program in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Marin may apply.

Our new community partner, the City of Emeryville, has given BFF a grant of $10,000 to be awarded to an Emeryville filmmaker. Thank you to the Mayor, City Council, and the Emeryville Community Grant Program!

THE APPLICATION PROCESS ENDS ON FRIDAY MAY 5th—get your application in today!
Celebrating Our Grant Winners

On March 16th, BFF donors, filmmakers, and city partners feted our 2016 grant winners at the Saul Zaentz Center and raised $98,000 toward this year's grants! Congresswoman Barbara Lee provided certificates to all the awardees. It was a great evening!

Check Out the Grant Clip Reel

Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, May 17th
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way | Berkeley  94704

Thanks to a grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation, BFF continues its educational series—Expanding New Opportunities for Independent Filmmakers and the fast-changing documentary landscape. Join us in conversation with our distinguished panelists: Lisa Hasko, Carrie Lozano,
Caroline von Kühn, and moderator Ken Jacobson.

Join Our Partners at California Film Institute for Doclands

May 10–14th
DocLands, a new documentary film festival, is a welcome addition to the Bay Area, providing additional screening opportunities for local filmmakers; I am excited about the possibilities for collaboration between the Berkeley FILM Foundation and DocLands,” says BFF Board President Abby Ginzberg.   “BFF-grant-winners screening at the inaugural DocLands are My Bolivia by Rick Tejada-Flores and Exiled by Mike Seely.  On a personal note, I am also delighted to be presenting the world premiere of my film, And Then They Came for Us, at DocLands on May 13. It was an important collaboration among members of the local filmmaking community."

BFF Screening Series at The New Parkway

Tuesday June 6th @ 6:45 PM
Join us for this BFF funded film with an in-depth panel discussion post screening with:
Tamara Perkins, Director/Producer
Jesse Dana, Cinematographer/Co-Producer
Kevin Jones Editor, Associate Producer and special guests from the film Harrison Seuga and Noel Valdivia Sr.  


A Special Thank You to Our Donors:

The City of Berkeley | Wareham Development | The Saul Zaentz Company | The Nancy and Rich Robbins Family Foundation | The Fleishhacker Foundation | The LaFetra Foundation | Bayer Healthcare | Berkeley Civic Arts Commission | Jonathan Logan Family Foundation | Pacific Gas and Electric Company | The Robertson Family Fund | George Lucas Family Foundation | Quadric Group | Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation | The City of Emeryville | Shartsis Friese LLP | Walter Jerome Haas and Julie Salles Haas | Whole Foods  | Sam W. Klein Charitable Trust | Van Acker Construction | County of Alameda Board of Supervisors | Arent Fox LLP | Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

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