New York, NY (July 6, 2015) – The National Board of Review announced today that it will be awarding grant money through the organization’s annual Student Grant Program to 23 filmmakers, including nine graduate students and fourteen undergraduate students. These schools include Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Hunter College, Ringling College of Art + Design, New York University, and Wesleyan University.

In addition to the student grants, one student film will also be awarded with The Marion Carter Green Award. The Marion Carter Green Award is an endowed prize given annually by the NBR to an excellent short student film that exhibits noteworthy use of musical elements. The award is made possible through the generosity of Laurence Mark, honoring the memory of Ms. Green, his mother and long-time NBR Board member.

Partnering with The National Board of Review to award the 2015 student grants are two New York City post-production facilities, Light Iron Digital and Senior Post. Returning NBR grant partner Light Iron Digital will be awarding $5,000 worth of services to an NBR grant winner. In its first year as an NBR grant partner, Senior Post will offer a special $5,000 prize, as well as $5,000 worth of services, to one NBR grant winner.

“We are excited to recognize this year’s student grant winners, and to support 18 distinctive films from nine film programs,” said NBR Managing Director Orson Robbins-Pianka. “With the help of our partners at Senior Post and Light Iron Digital, the National Board of Review is proud to help usher in the next generation of young filmmakers.”

Through the Student Grant Program, The National Board of Review promotes the cinematic future by helping young filmmakers finish their projects and exhibit them around the world at such film festivals as Sundance, Slamdance, Telluride, and New Directors/New Films, among others. Over the years, several filmmakers have won Student Academy Awards. The NBR also helps young filmmakers by supporting community organizations, such as the The Ghetto Film School, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, and the Educational Video Center. The Board’s core activities include fostering commentary on all aspects of film production, as well as underwriting educational film programs and seminars for film students.

About the National Board of Review

For 106 years, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of domestic and foreign cinema as both art and entertainment. Each year, over 250 films (studio, independent, foreign-language, animated, and documentary) are viewed by this select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students. These screenings are frequently followed by in-depth discussions with directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. One of the NBR’s core values is their belief in nurturing new and up-and-coming filmmakers. They do this by awarding grants to promising film students and by facilitating community outreach through the support of organizations such as The Ghetto Film School, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, and the Educational Video Center.

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