Tuesday, August 19, 2008

SFFS picks up Film Arts services

The San Francisco Film Society is picking up where Film Arts Foundation left off.

In a
press release issued today, they announced:

"The San Francisco Film Society announced today the immediate launch of a full suite of filmmaker services programs in the areas of professional education, career development, membership services, fiscal sponsorship, grantmaking and information resources. The Film Society launches these programs, designed to foster the creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers, after signing an agreement with Film Arts Foundation, effectively assuming the stewardship of activities provided by Film Arts over its 32-year history. "

Film Arts Foundation has issued this statement on their website:

"After thirty-two years of working hand-in-glove with independent filmmakers, Film Arts Foundation has reached a point at which it is no longer able to provide a number of filmmaker services that have been crucially important to all of us.

"The FAF Board and Staff have been working hard to determine how best to sustain these filmmaker services that have been such an important part of Film Arts’ mission, and we strongly believe that the San Francisco Film Society is the organization best equipped to carry on the FAF legacy.

"Knowing that FAF, itself, cannot continue this work, we sincerely hope that you will be excited at the new energy, broader programming, organizational strength and increased reach within the funding community and the film industry that the Film Society can offer.

"Now it’s time to let you know what’s coming next.

"SFFS is launching a full slate of filmmaker services programs, effective noon today. These include most of the programs you’ve enjoyed as a member of Film Arts—in fact the Film Society has engaged key Film Arts staff to run them. These include professional-level filmmaking courses, fiscal sponsorship and grantmaking, publications and information resources, career-development and networking events."

For further information, please see both referenced websites.

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