About the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world.

As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of world affairs, domestic issues and social conflicts, the documentary has become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to the serious issues facing our world today. 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 fund therefore looks for films that are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. A select number of projects supported will spotlight the lives of women and committed agents of social and environmental change around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures and the world.

In addition to funding, grantees will receive year-round support from TFI, including one-on-one guidance and consultation, helping each film to reach completion, enter the marketplace and find the broadest possible audience. 

Submissions Now Closed



In 2019, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provided awards to nine projects, totaling $140,000 in funds and services. The grantees were selected by a jury comprised of: Justine Nagan (Executive Director / Executive Producer at American Documentary | POV), Hari Nef (Actress, Model, Writer), Brittany Packnett (Author, Activist & Co-Founder, Campaign Zero), Jon Sesrie-Goff (Executive Director, The Flaherty Seminar), Noor Tagouri (Libyan American journalist & activist), and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Emmy & Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Best Documentary Feature – FREE SOLO).

The 2019 grantees showcase a diverse set of stories, including: a young, stateless woman fleeing violence and revealing the complex geo-history and politics between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, a brother and sister fighting on opposite ends of the Libyan revolution, and a kaleidoscopic look into the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

See 2019 grantees


The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with intended premiere exhibition in late 2020 or 2021.  

Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today told in a humanizing, illuminating way. We are looking for films which challenge the status quo, not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and should resonate with a wide audience.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will support projects that explore the biggest issues impacting Planet, People and Progress: highlight diversity, gender equality and active citizenship; celebrate the acts of courage, compassion and strength that are driving social and environmental change; showcase using innovation for good, including protecting the earth and advancing sustainability; and honor and salute women and diverse leaders who are making a difference.    

Submissions opened February 6, 2020, and the deadline was extended to April 30, 2020.


For more information about the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, please visit our Rules and Regulations and FAQs, or contact us at documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org or 212.274.8080 x28.