Holding onto dreams of future Oscar glory, 50 students from Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF), a training and film industry job development program, will carry the 50 Oscar statuettes of the 78th Academy Awards® down the red carpet to the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center® on Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. The Oscar statuettes will overnight backstage, under close watch, until they are awarded to the winners at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 5.
Following the close of “Meet the Oscars: The 50 Golden Statuettes,” an exhibition where the statuettes have been residing since February 10 for public viewing, they will be transported to the red carpet where they will be placed in the excited hands of ICF students �" the industry’s future animators, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, editors, sound editors, screenwriters and visual effects specialists �" who will then carry each one down the red carpet.
Established by filmmakers Fred Heinrich and Stephania Lipner following the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, ICF targets socially and economically underprivileged youth by creating awareness about and providing access to the professional world of filmmaking.
The organization provides free year-round professional and business training, mentors and paid work opportunities to young adults (ages 17-22) who aspire to build careers in the entertainment industry. ICF has successfully matched graduates with more than 500 behind-the-scenes industry job opportunities. For more information on ICF, visit www.innercityfilmmakers.com.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.