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Anchorage film festival gets grant

The just-completed Anchorage International Film Festival has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that hands out the Oscars every year.

The money will go to help filmmakers travel from other parts of the state, country and world to Anchorage for the 2011 festival.

In a press release, film festival founder Tony Sheppard called the grant "an acknowledgement that our festival has established itself as a committed supporter of the art of independent film. Money is always an obstacle for these independent filmmakers, and knowing we can support some of these artists really gives us room to develop some educational and professional opportunities for our community of artists and filmgoers."

The film festival will use this year's grant to provide travel support to four to six filmmakers in 2011, including airfare, accommodations, meals and other related expenses.

Every year, the press release noted, filmmakers say they want to come to Anchorage for the premiere of their film, or to do workshops and outreach, but the cost of travel prohibits it.

Daily News staff, press reports