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Six features in various stages of production have won $300,000 in filmmaking grants from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. "The East County," "Fruitvale," "Los Valientes," "Ping Pong Summer," "Short Term 12" and "The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh" each landed funding for the next stage of their production. Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice a year to filmmakers for narrative features that will have serious economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Nearly $2.5 million will be awarded between 2009 and 2013. (See details on the winning projects below. With the help of this level of funding, indie filmmakers don't have to give away control of their projects. Five former grant recipients had films accepted at Sundance this year. Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale" (Us Dramatic Competition), Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson's »

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