National Endowment of the Arts Awards $20,000 Grant to RiverRun

The RiverRun International Film Festival has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000. This grant will go toward supporting RiverRun’s screening fees, venue rentals, and filmmaker travel stipends. The NEA awarded 958 Grants for Arts Projects totaling more than $27.1 million, which were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to RiverRun, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”

“The NEA grants are quite competitive, and I’m honored the organization recognizes the value of RiverRun as an integral component of the North Carolina cultural landscape,” RiverRun Executive Director Rob Davis said. “The NEA grant will support our 2024 Festival, including screenings in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, and will enable us to bring more independent filmmakers from across North Carolina and around the world to the Piedmont Triad.”

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The 2024 RiverRun International Film Festival will take place April 18–27, celebrating 26 years.