THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW AWARDS
A TOTAL OF $55,000 IN STUDENT GRANTS
TO NINE UNIVERSITY FILM PROGRAMS
[New York, NY-; May 18, 2007] -; The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures announced today that it will be awarding $55,000 in student grants in 2007. This year’s program includes nine universities, all of which are located near or around the New York area. Each participating school will receive a total of $6,000 to be distributed to the top student films. Unlike many other conventional student grant programs, both Undergraduate and Graduate students were eligible to compete for these prizes. The schools include Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Hunter College, Ithaca College, New York University, School of Visual Arts, SUNY Purchase and Wesleyan University. The $1,000 prize for the Charlie Andrews Award for film history will also be presented to a Wesleyan Student.
“As part of our ongoing core initiative for education and philanthropy in support of film, we are thrilled to be able to reward these promising film students and directors this year,” said Annie Schulhof, President of the National Board of Review. “The growth of our grant program in recent years is something we are extremely passionate and proud of and hope to continue to strengthen in years to come.”
Each school selected their top nominees and submitted them to the National Board of Review Student Grant Committee. The NBR committee then selected its final winners and will be announcing them throughout the month at individual ceremonies at the schools. Each grant will range from $1,000-$6,000 based on the number of winners from each participating university. One exception, Wesleyan University, selected the winning film amongst its own internal committee and will be rewarding one student a $6,000 grant. The recipient of the $1000 Charlie Andrews Award will also be rewarded to a Wesleyan University student, based on the student’s thesis written on the topic of film history. In addition to the grant money, each student will receive a free year membership to the National Board of Review to attend screenings and vote on year-end films.
the National Board of Review of Motion
Formed in 1909, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures is dedicated to film, foreign and domestic, as both art and entertainment. The NBR has supported free expression in motion picture arts for over 98 years when, in an effort to avoid government censorship of films, the National Board became the unofficial clearinghouse for new movies. From 1916 into the 1950’s thousands of motion pictures carried the legend “Passed by the National Board of Review” in their main or end titles. To the public, this was the catchphrase of confidence. The organization works to foster commentary on all aspects of film production, to endow scholarships for film students and to underwrite educational film programs and seminars.
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