As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of domestic and global social issues, documentaries have become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to these contemporary international conflicts. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points of view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the Internet.
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 4-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.
The AOL Charitable Foundation Award provides funding to two-five additional feature documentaries on the lives of women and youth around the globe, and spotlight the ways they are working to improve their communities and futures.
Eligible films for the Gucci Fund and the AOL Charitable Foundation Award challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Films should also be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and resonate with a wide audience. We are seeking feature-length documentaries that are in advanced development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after June 2016.
The Tribeca Film Institute, through its Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, will offer grants ranging from $10,000 - $25,000. Fund recipients will be announced by June.
In addition, each grantee will receive unique guidance and consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute. Customized support will be provided not just to aid the project(s)' current standing (through note sessions & feedback, private screenings, etc.) but also to ensure that each film enters the marketplace in a strategically efficient manner.
Films will be selected from an open call for submissions. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program (as shown in the submitted work and the strength of proposal) and to those where granting amounts will have significant impact. Selection will be done by Tribeca Film Institute staff and a final selection committee comprised of notable talents in the field.
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Submission Rules and Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, entrants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements. Failure to comply with these rules will render a submission ineligible.
Submitted projects must have an intended final running time of at least 70 minutes and should creatively depict subjects and issues that promote social change. Submissions must be in the stages of advanced development, production or post-production and must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly or have been distributed in theaters or via the Internet before June 2016. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight unique access and storytelling ability. Foreign language documentaries are eligible, but must be subtitled and suitable for an American audience. Applicants must be over 18-years old; however, student films and documentary short films are not eligible for submission. Applicants will be notified by June if their films are awarded funding or not.
All submissions must include the following:
Applicants must complete the online application form and upload a thorough proposal. Applicants must submit footage no shorter than 7 minutes (an extended trailer, scene assemblage and/or a rough cut of the project). These can be submitted on DVD’s or through embedded links attached to the application. If you are submitting DVDs, you must provide 2 copies. Label the DVDs with submission number, project title, running time and applicant’s name. DVDs must be in NTSC format and for Zone 0 and 1.
PLEASE NOTE: If you provide links embedded onto your application, you must not take down your footage at any time through the submission process (December-February) or you will be disqualified. Please do not send previous work with your submission. Submissions must be shipped pre-paid, including any duties or customs fees. The Tribeca Film Institute will make every effort to safe-guard the materials submitted; however, TFI is not responsible for lost or stolen submissions. Submissions will not be returned.
A project description outlining the form and style of the film. Bios of filmmaker(s) and key crew members. Contact information for key crew members. A concise timeline explaining the sequence of steps required for the completion of the eligible film. A budget top-sheet A specific request for funding, including a detailed description of how this money will be used towards the completion of the film. Requested funds must be reasonable. The Selection Committee will determine the actual amount awarded to Fund recipients. Outreach strategy for the film, if applicable.