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National Film Preservation Foundation Announces Registration Deadline for Avant-Garde Masters Grants

The National Film Preservation Foundation is inviting applications for the Avant-Garde Masters Grants.

Made possible through the support of the Film Foundation, the grants are intended to support nonprofit and public archives working to preserve significant examples of America’s avant-garde film heritage.

The program supports the preservation of a film or films by a single filmmaker or from a cinematic group significant to the development of avant-garde film in America. Works made within the last twenty years are not eligible. Applications should show how the proposed titles have made a significant contribution to American experimental film or, if the works are lesser known today, demonstrate how the films contribute to a better understanding of avant-garde film history. Proposals also must explain why the proposed films are in need of preservation and include plans detailing how the films will be made available to the public and the scholarly community.

Grants are available to public and 501(c)(3) nonprofit archives in the United States, including those that are part of federal, state, or local government. The grants target avant-garde films made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and not physically preserved by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities, are not eligible.

The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of new film preservation elements (which may include soundtracks) and two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print. The funds can be applied only to work commissioned after the grant start date. Funds must be used exclusively for preservation expenses and may not be applied to staffing or operational costs.

Grants will range between $10,000 and $50,000.

Deadline: January 31, 2012 (Registration)

Visit the National Film Preservation Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

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