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Tribeca announces 2014 documentary fund grants


Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Gucci have announced the 2014 grant recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Additionally, for the fourth year, the Kering Foundation has partnered with the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund to present the Spotlighting Women Documentary.

Cold Rush

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund has awarded nine projects selected from 560 submissions from more than 50 countries to receive a total of $150,000 in grants.

The six projects that will collectively receive $100,000 total in funding for the 2014 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund are:

  • 3½ MINUTES, Directed and Produced by Marc Silver. 3 ½ Minutes dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the aftermath of this systemic tragedy and contradictions within the American criminal justice system.
  • A FLICKERING TRUTH, Written, Produced and Directed by Pietra Brettkelly. A Flickering Truth unwraps the world of three dreamers living amongst the dust of Afghanistan's 100 years of war as they struggle to protect and restore 8,000 hours of fragile film.
  • AFGHAN JUSTICE, Directed by Nicole N. Horanyi; Produced by Helle Faber. 38-year-old Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US in order to work as a defense lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the only foreign lawyer, not to mention the only woman, who has a license to work in Afghan courts.
  • COLD RUSH, Directed by May Abdalla; Produced by Elhum Shakerifar. As the UN decides how to divide up state sovereignty in the Arctic we travel into the lives of American entrepreneurs, Danish scientists and Russian priests who are investing in the thawing ice and the young island man who is trying to stop them.
  • FREEDOM FIGHTERS, Directed by Jamie Meltzer; Produced by Kate Freedom Fighters explores their stories of wrongful imprisonment, their struggles to start their lives over again as free men, and their quest to help others who may be innocent.
  • OUT OF MIND, Produced and Directed by Kristi Jacobson; Out of Mind investigates an invisible part of the American justice system: the use of isolation and segregation in US prisons, commonly known as solitary confinement. 

The Spotlighting Women Documentary Award provides grants to three exemplary film projects that the jury believes illuminate the courage, compassion, extraordinary strength of character, and contributions of women from around the world. The projects that will collectively receive $50,000 total in funding for the 2014 Spotlighting Women Documentary Award are:  

  • AWAKENING, Directed by Gini Reticker; Produced by Beth Levinson, Aida ElKashef, Razan Ghalayini and Mohamed Siam Against the backdrop of the Arab uprisings, Awakening tells the stories of five fearless women from the Middle East and North Africa region who risk everything in their fight for human rights for all, despite flagrant efforts to silence them.
  • INDIA’S DAUGHTER, Directed and Produced by Leslee Udwin.  This documentary pays tribute to the remarkable and inspiring short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in 2012.
  • THE STORM MAKERS, Written and Directed by Guillaume Suon; Produced by Rithy Panh and Julien Roumy. Filmmaker Guillaume Suon turns his cinematic lens on globalization and contemporary Cambodia.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides production and finishing finances to feature-length documentary films that highlight and humanize critical domestic and international social issues. Now in its seventh year, the Fund has supported 54 films and provided more than $910,000 in grants.

You can read more about all the funds run by Tribeca in our EDN Financing Guide.

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