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Tribeca Film Institute awards $175,000 to documentary productions


The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 2014 grantees of its TFI Documentary Fund. TFI also announced winners of the second annual TFI/ESPN Prize and of the inaugural Influence Award, part of TFI’s new multi-year partnership with the Europe-based Influence Film Foundation.

Victor Kossakovsky's AQUARELA

More than 500 submissions from 70 countries were considered to determine the 11 TFI Documentary Fund and partner award winners who together will receive a total of $175,000, an increase of $15,000 from last year, to fund their projects in various stages of development through post-production.

The TFI Documentary Fund aims to advance character-driven, non-fiction filmmaking featuring creative and unexplored perspectives from around the world. This year’s grantees of are:  

  • ·     A BALLERINA’S TALE: Directed by Nelson D. George; Produced by Leslie Norville.
  • ·     AQUARELA: Directed by Victor Kossakovsky; Produced by Aimara Reques
  •  ·     DIAMOND, SILVER & GOLD: Directed and Produced by Jason Kohn; Produced by Jared Goldman & Amanda Branson Gill
  • ·     NUTS: Directed and Produced by Penny Lane
  • ·     PRIDE: Directed and Produced by Mohammed Naqvi*; Produced by Jared Ian Goldman 
  • ·     TEA TIME: Written and Directed by Maite Alberdi*; Produced by Clara Taricco
  • ·     THE SENSITIVES: Directed by Drew Xanthopoulos; Produced by David Hartstein
  • ·     THE WOLFPACK PROJECT: Directed by Crystal S. Moselle; Produced by Izabella V. Tzenkova
  • ·     VILLAGES OF THE ABSENT*: Directed by Omar Shami; Written and Produced by Ola Shami

The TFI/ESPN Prize is an annual grant extension of the TFI Documentary Fund given to a feature-length work-in-progress documentary that presents sports, competition and athleticism as a backdrop within a character-driven story. The second annual TFI/ESPN Prize winner is: 

  • ·     THE PUNCH: Directed by Andre Hörmann; Produced by Ingmar Trost

The Influence Award is an extension of the TFI Documentary Fund through a partnership with the Europe-based Influence Film Foundation, which supports documentaries through grants, equity investments and audience development. The award provides an annual matching grant to a feature-length work-in-progress documentary that sparks meaningful dialogue around an area or issue that has been overlooked or under-represented in the media. This year’s Influence Award winner is: 

  • ·      CHECK IT: Directed and Produced by Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer

Read more about the Tribeca funds in The EDN Financing Guide.

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