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Now in its sixth year, the program annually awards multiple $8,000 grants to ambitious filmmakers around the world to create documentary, fiction or non-fiction narrative films that explore the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations.
(Washington, D.C. – February 2, 2022) – The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), in conjunction with Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and their company AGBO and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), are very pleased to announce that the applications are now open for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum.
Now in its sixth year, the program annually awards multiple $8,000 grants to ambitious filmmakers around the world to create documentary, fiction or non-fiction narrative films that explore the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations. Grants are open to people of all nationalities and backgrounds. The grants will be awarded based solely on the promise of a film’s premise, how it relates to the Italian American experience and the creative potential of the filmmakers.
Anthony and Joe Russo are among Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful directors having helmed TV sensations “Community” and “Arrested Development,” as well as global blockbusters: Cherry (2021), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Their film, Avengers: Endgame (2019) became the highest-grossing film in the history of filmmaking. Their company AGBO has been responsible for record breaking films such as Extraction with Chris Hemsworth and will be releasing the highly-anticipated The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans this summer.
Deadline to submit grant applications is March 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PT. For full timeline of all relevant dates, instructions, and the application, please visit www.niaf.org/filmforum.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. Based in Washington, D.C., it is the major advocate for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the nation’s fifth largest ethnic group. To learn more about the Foundation and to become a member, visit www.niaf.org.
ABOUT THE ITALIAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA
For 88 years, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) has kept a strong sense of community alive and thriving to become one of the largest and most financially successful Italian American organizations in the country. The ISDA unites Italian Americans across states nationwide to celebrate our culture and preserve the traditions our ancestors brought with them from Italy. To learn more about the ISDA and become a member, visit www.orderisda.org.
Founded by award-winning, record-breaking directors Anthony and Joe Russo, AGBO is an artist-led entertainment company focused on creating content borne of innovative story universes across film, television, and digital platforms. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, AGBO was founded in 2017. For more info, visit, www.agbo.com.