Hollywood Foreign Press Association


Friend of the Law

Friend of the Law is a new category created to acknowledge an individual or organization that embodies philanthropy, leadership, and service to Southwestern Law School and the legal community.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust (the HFPA Trust) was established to provide financial support for educational and cultural non-profit organizations whose primary focus is the entertainment industry. The HFPA Trust is the philanthropic arm of the HFPA. Funding for HFPA Fellowships and Grants is derived from HFPA’s income from the Golden Globe Awards. In the past 31 years, the HFPA Trust has bestowed more than $29 million in fellowships and grants to film schools and non-profit organizations.


For the past two years, the HFPA Trust has generously supported Southwestern’s Entertainment and The Arts Legal Clinic, enabling Southwestern students to provide Legal services to a wide array of creative artists – such as writers, actors, musicians, film students, game designers, and painters.


Throughout its history, the majority of HFPA's funding has been dedicated to advancing and preserving the culture and art of motion pictures. Their funding is principally directed to the following goals:

  1. Nurture the development of young artists in film and television through support for:

    • Scholarships/ fellowships and other support to undergraduate and graduate film schools in the United States (see separate guidelines under Applying for HFPA Grants to Film Schools);

    • Pre-professional education and training programs for talented young artists from diverse backgrounds, primarily in the Los Angeles region; and

    • High-caliber professional training and mentoring that successfully advance the projects, skills and industry relationships of outstanding new filmmakers worldwide.

  2. Preserve the culture and history of motion pictures by supporting:

    • Film preservation and archival programs with national and international significance; and

    • Major film retrospectives that showcase master works and prominent filmmakers of world cinema to advance knowledge and appreciation among diverse audiences, primarily in the Los Angeles area; and

    • Projects that protect Hollywood's rich motion picture history and recreate the early movie going experience for audiences.

  3. Promote cultural exchange and understanding through support for major programs and exhibitions that utilize film to ignite critical dialogue and promote global understanding. Priority is given to activities and events in the Los Angeles area.

  4. Support a robust and free press, the protection of journalists and of the access to news and information.

  5. Support special projects, educational and cultural activities connected with the entertainment industry.


Southwestern Law School is grateful for the HFPA’s support and honored to be listed among its incredibly impressive list of grantees.