Two Temple Students Win 2012 Princess Grace Award

The Princess Grace Awards (from the Princess Grace Kelley Foundation) are among the most important nationally competitive student film awards in the United States. The competition attracts every major film school in the United States.  Each school submits the work of one graduate student and one undergraduate into national competition each year. The works are judged by a jury of nationally acclaimed professionals. Over the past eight years, Temple University students have won five awards, placing the university in the top three for total awards. Our past winners include Chinonye Chukwu (graduate award, 2009), Heidi Saman (graduate award, 2006) and Karen Carpenter (graduate award, 2005).

This year we have two FMA students who have received the Princess Grace Award for their outstanding work in film. Fiona Otway, a third year student in the MFA program and editor of “Iraq in Fragments” and “Hell and Back Again,” received the award to support her upcoming thesis project, a short documentary that investigates the intersection of science and storytelling. Mark Tumas, a senior undergraduate who has done work in video art, essay filmmaking, and personal documentary, received an Honoraria Grant to help him complete his senior project, “Sweepstakes,” his first narrative film which will focus on how we rationalize our life circumstances.

Princess Grace Foundation USA, a public charity celebrating its 30th Anniversary, was formed after the death of Princess Grace (Kelly) in 1982. It awards scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to artists at the start of their careers.  Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 700 Awards have been given, totaling more than $9.5 million.  The Awards for theater, dance and choreography, and film continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. Awards winners exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise. PGF-USA assists their theater and dance studies, helps pay their artistic fees at non-profit companies and helps support their thesis film projects.  This year’s 25 Awards winners will travel to New York City, where they will receive their Awards at the 30th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of TSH The Prince and Princess of Monaco, on October 22, 2012.

2012 Princess Grace Award Winner

Fiona Otway







2012 Princess Grace Award- Film Honoraria

Mark Tumas




Therecent Princess Award winner from FMA Alumi:

Chinonye Chukwu (graduate award, 2009)
Heidi Saman (graduate award, 2006)
Karen Carpenter (graduate award, 2005)
Melissa Thompson (graduate award, 1999)

For more information, please go to Princess Grace Foundation USA.