Berkeley FILM Foundation supported films have screened at:

The Berkeley FILM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grant and educational program for independent filmmakers founded by the City of Berkeley, Wareham Development, and the Saul Zaentz Company with a mission to nurture, sustain and preserve the thriving local film community while attracting the next generation of filmmakers. The BFF focuses on supporting social, historical and innovative documentary and dramatic works. Many of our grant winners have gone on to screen at U.S. and international film festivals, been recognized with prestigious awards, received television broadcasts and are making a difference around the world.

Since 2009, BFF has awarded 166 grants totaling $1.7 million, to films in the production, post-production and distribution stages.

The Saul Zaentz Award of $25,000 is given each year to honor Saul’s legacy. An award of $20,000 is given in honor of social justice advocate and BFF founding member, Al Bendich.

In its effort to encourage the next generation of local filmmakers, BFF has awarded $151,000 to 46 student filmmakers.

The BFF grant program accepts applicants from the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Albany , Richmond and Oakland.

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Thank you to our founding sponsors and all our supporters.

Alameda Cty Supervisor Keith Carson, Dist 5
Bayer HealthCare
Berkeley Civic Arts Commission
Berkeley Visitors Bureau and Film Office
The City of Emeryville
The East Bay Community Foundation
Fleishhacker Foundation

Arent Fox LLP
Walter Jerome Haas and Julie Salles Haas
Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation
La Fetra Foundation
George Lucas Family Foundation
Gooding/Quadric Group, Inc.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation
Robertson Family Fund
Shartsis Friese LLP
Van Acker Construction Associates, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Whole Foods