The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded a $50,000 grant to underwrite the 2009, 36thTelluride Film Festival’s Guest Director program. Academy President Tom Sherak announced that Oscar®-winning screenwriter of SIDEWAYS Alexander Payne is this year's Guest Director. Sherak spoke of the importance of the Academy to support such a program as the Telluride Guest Director program at a time when funding for the arts is critical.
Payne is an Academy member and a former Academy governor. This is the second consecutive year that the Academy has funded the program. Last year, the festival’s guest director was Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian political philosopher and cultural critic.
If you are heading to Telluride, Colorado (4 - 7 September), passes are still available to buy for the Telluride Film Festival (TFF) in person. Online ordering is closed. This year's festival poster by artist William Wegman will be unveiled Labor Day Weekend.