The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival has been awarded a 2019 FilmWatch grant by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to support community outreach in order to engage a diverse audience of film festivalgoers. The grant will also provide for travel expenses to bring documentary filmmakers and film protagonists to New York to participate in screenings, panel discussions, and related events.
The Margaret Mead Film Festival is internationally recognized for documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world. Founded in 1977 and inspired by pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork. It is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles and for hosting forums for dialogue with filmmakers, invited speakers, and film protagonists. The Academy’s FilmWatch grants support programs that create culturally diverse viewing experiences, promote motion pictures as an art form, provide a platform for underrepresented artists, and cultivate new and dedicated audiences for theatrical film.
This year’s Mead Festival will screen 44 outstanding films from around the world and host special events from Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, at the American Museum of Natural History. This year’s festival selections—including 17 U.S. premieres—will focus on the theme “Breaking the Narrative.” Filmmakers and film protagonists from many of this year’s featured films will be at the Museum to participate in panel discussions.