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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation have unveiled the nine feature film projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding from their joint grant program. Several of these burgeoning filmmakers, from Travis Mathews to Ian Olds, already have considerable traction in the indie film scene. The Sffs/Krf Filmmaking Grants, the Film Society's flagship funding initiative, are awarded twice a year to narrative features in all stages of production, with the potential to impact the Bay Area film community.  The program has carried a number of significant films to success, including Ira Sachs' 2014 fest hit "Love Is Strange," last year's critics' darlings "Short Term 12" and "Fruitvale Station," and 2013 Best Picture nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Sffs/Krf previously funded writer/director Kat Candler's SXSW fave "Hellion," and they've now awarded her followup project. Sf Film Society executive director Noah Cowan was among the. »

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