The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $10,000 to the Ashland Independent Film Festival to bring filmmakers to Ashland for free panel talks during the 11th annual festival, April 12-16, 2012.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $10,000 to the Ashland Independent Film Festival to bring filmmakers to Ashland for free panel talks during the 11th annual festival, April 12-16, 2012.

The grant was one of 863 totaling $22.5 million to organizations and individual writers across the country.

Audience interaction with filmmakers is at the core of the AIFF's five-day celebration of independent film each April. Last year, more than 80 percent of the festival films were represented by attending filmmakers, who take questions following each film. The NEA Art Works grant will be used to secure filmmakers' participation in the festival's popular series of free Filmmaker TALKback Forums. Past forums have addressed sold out audiences on such topics as industry representation, the future of independent film, and how film subjects are chosen.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website at arts.gov.