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New Orleans, La. – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced that the New Orleans Film Society is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Film Society is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival and other year-round events and screenings.
“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the New Orleans Film Society,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the successful 2012 New Orleans Film Festival, which took place October 11-18 and screened more then 200 films. The Festival played host to more than 17,000 attendees, including 175 filmmakers from around the world who presented their work.
This marks the first time in the organization’s history that it has received an NEA Art Works grant.
“We are incredibly honored to receive this support from such a prestigious organization,” says Jolene Pinder, executive director of the Film Society. “Our Festival has grown tremendously in the last three years; this support from the National Endowment for the Arts will only help us continue to grow and in turn support more filmmakers from Louisiana and beyond.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.