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Tribeca Film Institute is announcing new documentary fund


The New York based Tribeca Film Institute is announcing a new funding initiative for documentaries entitled The TFI Documentary Fund. The fund will grant over $500,000 in 2011.

Pequenas Voces - supported by TFI

The TFI Documentary Fund, presented by HBO, was created to further the development of character-driven feature length documentaries. In addition to providing financial support, supervision and guidance the Fund will arrange one-on-one meetings with key HBO Documentary Film executives.

Three fellowships will be awarded to films in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production:

  -  $50,000 will be awarded to an emerging filmmaker in production on his or her first feature-length documentary under The TFI/HBO “Documentary Screen Test” Fellowship

  -  The TFI/HBO “House I Live In” Fellowship will award $25,000 towards the completion of a documentary focused on the filmmaker’s personal story

  -  a $25,000 TFI/HBO “Outside Looking In” Fellowship will be granted to support an extraordinary character-driven story, which aims to take audiences into someone else's world.

Recipients will be announced at the annual TFI Awards held during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.


In addition to the TFI Documentary Fund, Tribeca Film Institute will continue to administer grants through three existing funds, and expand the industry-lauded Tribeca All Access program to include grants to all participating filmmakers. 

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing grants totaling $100,000 to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize topics of social significance. 


The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund will award up to $140,000 to support compelling narrative filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematic and technological themes. 


The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund will support innovative film and video artists working in narrative or documentary film and living in Mexico, Central and South America.


The Tribeca All Access Program will continue cultivating relationships between filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities and film industry executives, and provide each 2011 participant with $10,000 in order to maximize the program’s impact. 


Submissions for all the programs are now open. They have an early deadline of November 8, 2010 and final submission deadline of December 8, 2010.

Here you can read more about the initiatives from Tribeca Film Institute.


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