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AFS Announces 2020 Feature Grant Recipients

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This year sees several familiar names among the recipients, including two who are as known for sharing their skills with younger filmmakers as they are for their own projects. Ya’Ke Smith and Annie Silverstein both teach film at UT Austin, and both benefit from financial support for their next features – for Smith, San Antonio, and for Silverstein, the follow-up to her recent lauded release, Bull, titled A Time, A Place.

AFS Announces 2020 Feature Grant Recipients