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American Film Institute establishes Hutchins scholarship to fund for women cinematographers

Source : 112 Ukraine

Details about how the scholarship fund or who can apply have not yet been made public, but AFI is currently accepting donations on its website
09:23, 24 October 2021

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The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced a new scholarship fund for women filmmakers to honor the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was killed on the set of the film Rust after the actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun. It is reported by Insider.

The scholarship fund will aim to help women cinematographers "build sustainable careers in the movie business," filmmaker Olia Oparina, who was also close friends with Hutchins, said on Friday.

Details about how the scholarship fund or who can apply have not yet been made public, but AFI is currently accepting donations on its website.

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In a statement announcing the scholarship, Oparina spoke extensively about Hutchins who was an alumnus of AFI's prestigious graduate filmmaking conservatory.

As we reported earlier, a shocking accident occurred during the filming of a Western movie called Rust. A member of the filming crew lost her life while her colleague sustained a grave injury due to the gun mishandling accident.

The cast included renowned movie star Alec Baldwin. According to the outlet, it was him who cocked the rifle during the rehearsal. Baldwin had no idea the gun was loaded. The shot killed Halyna Hutchins, the 42-year-old camerawoman. The lady was brought to the hospital but she succumbed to the fatal wound.

Joel Souza, the film director is now at a hospital, too. His condition is critical.

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