Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, is proud to announce that it has received a grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its 2014 festival. It is one of 23 U.S. festivals that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has funded for next year in the 16th year of the Academy’s Film Festival Grants Program.
The program’s mission is to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public. It has awarded Out On Film $2,700 for Out On Film’s 2014 filmmaker appearances and Q and A sessions.
“We are thrilled,” says Out On Film festival director Jim Farmer. “We are honored at the support and grateful at the Academy’s continued support of film festivals. Having filmmakers as part of our festival has become a vital, nationally-recognized element of what we are about.”
The just-completed Out On Film 26, which took place October 3 – 10, 2013, was the most-attended festival in the organization’s history with more than 6500 attendees over eight days and the highest number of filmmakers ever present. Among filmmakers/performers in attendance were Darren Stein (“Jawbreaker’) for his comedy “G.B.F;” Jim Tushinski of “I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole;” “Noah’s Arc” veteran Doug Spearman for his directorial debut “Hot Guys With Guns;” Scott Gracheff and Alice Hoagland (Mark Bingham’s mother) for “The Rugby Player;” Cindy Abel for “Breaking Through;” actors Matthew Camp and Tanner Cohen (“Were the World Mine,” HBO’s upcoming “Looking”) for “Getting Go: The Go-Doc Project;” Ty Martin, one of the subjects of “Before You Know It;” iconic actress Guinevere Turner (“Go Fish”) and writer/director Anna Margarita Albelo of “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Woolf?;” Robert Phillipson of “The Blacks of Their Eyes;” Charlie Vaughn of “First Period;” director Del Shores and actor/producer Emerson Collins of “Southern Baptist Sissies;” Sister Missionary P. Delight of “Joy: Portrait of a Nun;” and Shane Bitney Crone, subject of the documentary “Bridegroom.”
Established in 1987, Out On Film is one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. The 2014 festival will be held October 2 – 9. A special “thank you” patron/sponsor party is scheduled for November 24th at 5 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. Although best known for its annual Oscar telecast, the Academy is involved in a wide array of education, outreach, preservation and research activities. More information is available at www.oscars.org
Sponsors for Out On Film include Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Georgia Council for the Arts, W Atlanta – Midtown, Orbitz, Georgia Film Office, The GA Voice, Project Q Atlanta, David Atlanta, Apres Diem, MEAK Productions, Actor’s Express, Atlanta Pride and Gayborhood.