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Tribeca All Access gets interactive expansion


Tribeca Film Institute has announced the expansion of its Tribeca All Access program to include grants and resources for interactive storytellers. This is made possible by $200,000 in support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

TAA supported Time Is Illmatic

Since 2004, the diversity-focused TAA has served as TFI’s premiere scripted and documentary filmmaker program, specializing in providing a range of programming for storytellers that bring unheard voices to the mainstream. Now TFI is expanding the program and will implement three new programming initiatives under TAA: 

  • ·    an Interactive Prototype Fund
  • ·    a workshop for TAA Interactive grantees
  • ·    a dedicated TAA hackathon.

The three new initiatives under Tribeca All Access continue the work of TFI in the interactive development space, which began in 2009 with the TFI New Media Fund. These initiatives will also broaden the program’s diversity of artistic mediums and create engaging ‘share-able’ work to inspire dialogue and action about issues facing our society.

Submissions for the inaugural Interactive Prototype Fund, which aims to build new bridges between technology and filmmaking are now open. The grant will encourage the development of exceptional and novel ideas from applicants for projects, rather than work that is already in development. Applicants will be evaluated on the strength and vision of their proposals, as well as samples of their previous nonfiction works. Five new awards will be awarded each year in this category.

The second programming initiative is the residential workshop, which will be offered to TAA Interactive grantees and will run for three consecutive days during Fall 2015.  Led by an experienced facilitator and TFI staff, this workshop will allow the grantees to engage with their projects and build community with each other in order to encourage more collaboration in this emerging space. Mentors from different disciplines including writers, user experience designers, developers and community activists, will be invited to work with all the grantees to help them develop their projects and position them for the next stage.

Lastly, to amplify the message of the work being achieved through the TAA Interactive grants, TFI will design an audience-facing hackathon to rapidly prototype projects around a central issue or theme. TFI, in partnership with The MacArthur Foundation, will develop the topic and programming, which will reflect the organizations’ mutual goals for social impact. This hackathon will be held over a 4-5-day-long workshop with an emphasis on the final product. The participants will be different from the Interactive Prototype Fund grantees, and will be selected with an eye towards diversity in recognition of the serious lack of diversity in the technology field.

For more information and regulations for applying to the grants, please visit the Tribeca Film Institute website.