Hollywood Foreign Press Association

$2 million endowment from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. helps foreign storytellers study at USC

$2 million endowment from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. helps foreign storytellers study at USC

It was always Anna Israel’s dream to be a filmmaker. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Israel first studied law at the urging of her parents before dropping out to pursue screenwriting at a Brazilian university. After finishing the program and brief stints at NYU, Cornell and UCLA, she knew where she had to go next.

“I’ve always had my eyes set on USC,” said Israel, 30.I had no idea what I was going to do if I actually got in — not only is it super competitive, but I had no way to afford my education at USC at all. Especially because I was counting on my own money sources, I didn’t have family backing me up.”

Israel’s story is similar to many other...

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