Long Island University 2021

William F. DiPietra Foundation Project Finishing Grants ($1500): Ronissha Marksman,

Kai Shao

William F. DiPietra Foundation Thesis Awards ($500): Canisio L. Garsuta, Jr., Kai Shao, Kamolchanok Koonvisal

2nd Annual William F. DIPietra Foundation Photography Exhibition: Michael Van Gorden ($500), Nathalie Meyers ($500), Jarrett Esaw ($250), John Blue $250)

Fordham University 2021

William F. DiPietra Film/Video Production Grants ($750):  Victor Rodriguez, Caitlin Bury, Steven Ruggiero, Slav Velkov

William F. DiPietra Award in Filmmaking ($500): Nicholas Collette, Gabriela Wilson

William F. DIPietra Award in Screenwriting ($1000): Emma Diede

Archbishop Molloy High School 2021

William F. DiPietra Film Award ($1000): Anna McGrade

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy 2021

Wlliam F. DIPietra Award ($1000): Genesis Familia, Trevor Bheer



16mm Production Grant 2021

Those who knew Bill will remember that 16mm filmmaking was his passion.  He believed that it was necessary to preserve celluloid as an aesthetic choice for future filmmakers.  For this reason, the William F. DiPietra Foundation is pleased to award a 16mm Production Grant ($1000) to Ryan Sloan and Ariella Mastroianni, co-founders of Telstar Films.

Ryan and Ariella are a filmmaking and music duo based in New Jersey.  Ariella, from Ontario, Canada, studied journalism and film at Fordham University.  Ryan from Kearny, New Jersey, studied film and public relations at William Paterson University.  Their short film, A Message for James, shot in Ireland in 2016, spent the last few years on the international festival circuit.  Ryan and Ariella recently finished their first feature screenplay, Gazer, a mystery/thriller set in New Jersey, with production starting in April 2021.  Gazer will be shot in 16mm.

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Ryan Sloan and  Ariella Mastroianni.

Additional Grants Awarded in 2021

Revolution Me Films/Media Lab

EMS FDNY Help Fund

Fire Family Transport Foundation

Greatest Generations Foundation

Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group

Long Island University  (2020)

William F. DiPietra Foundation Project Finishing Grants: ($1500) Sho Akita, Maria Palacio

($1000) Kristi Gatto

William F. DiPietra Master of Arts Award ($250):  Shushu Cheng, Nishant Karvinkop

William F. DiPietra Master of Fine Arts Award ($250):  Marilyn Almonte, John Blue, Chevonne Windbish, 

                                                                                                 Dana Womack


William F. DiPietra Photography Exhibition (Long Island University Media Arts) 2020

First Place (Graduate) ($500): Maria Palacio

First Place (Undergraduate) ($500): Jarrett Esaw

Honorable Mention ($250): John Blue, Paul Bolis, Michael Van Gordon

Fordham University  (2020)

William F. DiPietra Film/Video Awards ($1000):  Leanna Hariprashad, Tim Lee

William F. DiPietra Screenwriting Award ($1000):  Madelyn Casale

William F. DiPietra Film Award ($1000):  Andy Vega

Archbishop Molloy High School  (2020)

William F. DiPietra Film Award ($1000):  Daniel Ramirez-Mendez

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy  (2020)

William F. DiPietra Award ($1000):  Nicolette Merckling, Zachary Raghunath


Additional Grants Awarded in 2020:

EMS FDNY Help Fund

End Brain Cancer Initiative

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy Drama Club

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

FDNY Honor Emergency Fund


Nicolette Merckling


Long Island University  (2019)

William F. DiPietra Foundation Project Finishing Grant: Kristi Gatto 

William F. DiPietra Master of Fine Arts Award:  Adrienne Rosenberg, Tiffany Gale, Jessica Alva

William F. DiPietra Master of Arts Award:  Annika Brown-Mills




 Constance Halporn, Kristi               Helen DiPietra, Tiffany Gale              Helen DiPietra, Adrienne Rosenberg              Annika Brown-Mills, Helen                     Jessica Alva, Helen

 Gatto, Helen DiPietra,                                                                                                                                                               DiPietra, Constance Halporn              DiPietra, Constance Halporn

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (2019)

William F. DiPietra Award for Film Artistry and Storytelling: Christina Dobre, Anna Russo


 Helen DiPietra, Christina Dobre              Helen DiPietra, Anna DeRusso      Helen DiPietra, Prof.  J. Reich, (Chair Dept.

                                                                     of Communication and Media Studies)

St. Eizabeth Catholic Academy (2019)



William F. DiPietra Award: Derek Cardenas, Anjanie Radhay



     Anjanie Radhay, Valedictorian                       Derek Cardenas, Salutatorian       


Additional Grants Awarded in 2019:

EMS FDNY Help Fund

Emma's Journey  (www.emmasjourney.org)

Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group

St. Francis De Sales School For The Deaf (Brooklyn)

FDNY Foundation (Fired Up For A Cure)

Film Forum

Ronald McDonald House Long Island

FDNY Honor Emergency Fund

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy Drama Club

FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums

Young Filmmaker Award (Rian Ferragamo)

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