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By: @demigoddesspictures

Jan 8, 2019-

For the past five decades, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has supported young and diverse filmmakers by providing fellowships to students seeking careers in film and television. Their grant-giving work has fostered creative expression by providing more than 1,500 scholarships to entertainment–related nonprofit organizations, academic programs and humanitarian efforts. hfpa2 These funds help ease financial burdens so that filmmakers can focus on creating art that has the potential to change the world. One of the academic programs to benefit from the HFPA’s support is the LACC Cinema & Television Department program at Los Angeles Community College. Spearheaded by Jen Vaughn, the Cinema and TV department chair, the program aims to provide students with technical skills to prepare them for professions in the entertainment industry. Recently, the HFPA presented the 76th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills to celebrate excellency in filmmaking with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Amongst the crowd of Hollywood film and television elite were LACC film students Christy Oldham and Chellee Ray who received an internship to work behind the scenes at the show to help create a live television broadcast.

Christy Oldham and Chellee Ray. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle

Christy Oldham and Chellee Ray. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle

Oldhams’ work previously won top honors at the 3rd annual LACC Cinema & TV Awards for Best TV Production-Long Form for her post-apocalyptic web series Vape Warz (streaming on Amazon Video Direct). Ray is an entrepreneur who launched a digital subscription platform called SELF that aims to provide job submission assistance for actors.

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LACC offers a comprehensive, low-cost, hands-on training program that guides students of all levels through basic and advanced courses in single and multiple camera film and video production. The programs Associate Professors of Cinema are industry veterans Michele Gendelman (film and TV writing), Christopher Rossiter (cinematography) and Dylan Shields (editing and film business aspects).

For more information on becoming a film student or getting involved with the LACC Cinema & Television Department, click here

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To date, the HFPA has donated $33.4  million over the past 25 years to multiple programs. Licensing fees obtained from the Golden Globe Awards has allowed HFPA to support some 80 non profits focused on education in film and television, film preservation, journalistic organizations committed to freedom of speech anf humanitarian organizations that support natural disaster relief. For more information about the HFPA and how to donate, click herehfpa1

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