The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is now open for submissions! There is no application fee, and the deadline is February 5th, 2016.
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries, which highlight issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.
The AOL Charitable Foundation Award, a subset of the Fund, gives grants to four filmmakers whose feature-length documentaries illuminate the lives of women and youth around the globe, and spotlight the ways they are working to improve their communities and futures.
Here are the top three questions we get asked most frequently with answers from Alexandra Hannibal, Tribeca Film Institute’s Manager of Documentary Programs.
What is a treatment? What should I include in it?
A treatment is a self-contained document, at least 3 pages containing the most important components of your project. Your treatment should be written in prose from the filmmaker’s/filmmaking team’s voice.
The treatment lays out the primary and secondary elements of the story – from a premise overview to a descriptive summary of the project up to that stage. Ask yourself: can someone read just my treatment and understand my vision front to back? Be as CREATIVE as possible - but only as long as you’re clear, direct and provide context. When writing, concentrate on the SPECIFICS. Explain where you see your subject(s) and your access taking you. BRING US IN.
What are you looking for in a footage sample?
Sample footage should give the review board an idea of your access to the story, character development, dramatic tension, narrative structure and scene construction. By watching the footage, we should be able to have a solid understanding of who you and your team are as filmmakers.
We accept sample footage in the form of selects or scenes and/or trailers. If you submit a trailer, we encourage you to provide additional footage that will convey the expected tone and pacing of the film.
What stage should my project be in?
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is traditionally a fund for projects that are in late production or in the midst of post. However if your film is an earlier stage, you are more than welcome to apply as long as you feel your project is developed enough to fully convey your vision.