Announcing the 2016 TFI Documentary Fund Recipients!

After going through over 500 submissions, Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced today the five grantees of its TFI Documentary Fund for 2016 presented by The Orchard. The fund provides grants and guidance to feature-length, character-driven documentaries in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. 

The Orchard, the pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company, is the new presenting partner of the fund. With The Orchard as a partner, the fund is now able to provide grantees with a direct connection to distribution options, which will open up these captivating personal stories to larger audiences.

The recipients of the 2016 TFI Documentary Fund are:

FLY AWAY, Directed by L C Cohen; Produced by Julia Nottingham. When a father kills himself, time stands still for his wife and seven children. As they piece together fragments of a broken past, questions of memory, identity, and love must be faced before they can embrace the future. 

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRES, Produced and Directed by Hao Wu. In China’s popular virtual showrooms, three Millennials seek fame, fortune, and human connection, but find the same promises and perils online as in their real lives.

TOWER, Produced and Directed by Keith Maitland; Produced by Megan Gilbride and Susan Thomson. An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

TOWER participated in the 2015 TFI/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab.


WEINER, Directed by Joshua Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. With unrestricted access to Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral campaign, this film reveals the human story behind the scenes of a high-profile political scandal as it unfolds and offers an unfiltered look at how much today's politics is driven by an appetite for spectacle.

WEINER participated in the 2014 TFI/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab. The North American rights to WEINER have been acquired by Sundance Selects.


WILD WILD COUNTRY (working title), Written and Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way; Produced by Juliana Lembi. When an Indian mystic moves west, he and his disciples embark on an ambitious plan to build a city in the barren Northwest desert.

In the words of Amy Hobby, Vice President of Artist Programs at TFI, “These films tackle themes, experiences, and events that are shaping our generation and do so in creative and captivating ways. We are honored to be able to work with these storytellers and provide them with funding and resources to help these projects come to life.”

Check out the full press release here.