March on Washington Film Festival Seeks to Expand Its Impact with $300,000 Grant From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Washington, D.C. - The March on Washington Film Festival, a national civil rights legacy project, was awarded a $300,000 general operating support grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the impact of its programming over two years.

“Our organization has been experiencing transformative growth over the past 24 months,” said Samantha Abrams, executive director of MOWFF. There is great need for the work we do, which is to better tell the story of our nation’s civil rights history and have it serve as inspiration for young people who are the foot soldiers and emerging leaders of our Civil Rights Movement today. We know this grant will help bring about significant change to the educational opportunities we offer students.”

Since its inception, MOWFF has produced an annual film festival which places a spotlight on new and emerging filmmakers who use cinematic storytelling to educate people from all walks of life about the untold events and heroes, known and unsung, of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to its flagship festival, MOWFF hosts special screenings of prominent civil rights films such as HBO’s The Apollo, and offers educational programs and competitions including the annual Emerging Student & Filmmaker Competition, the Student Journalism Fellowship and Legacy 21st, an online summit of arts and the ideas on organizing 50 years after the death of civil rights legend Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Mellon Foundation’s commitment to telling a fuller story about America’s civil rights history is helping to strengthen our nation,” said Robert Raben, Founder and Chairman of MOWFF. “We are honored and humbled that the Foundation recognizes MOWFF as a national platform for artists and scholars to tell these stories. Over the course of two years, we pledge to use these resources to strengthen and expand our programming in order to double our impact.”

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Shadya Tuason