About the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund with support from the Oath Foundation 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.  More than half the projects supported will spotlight the lives of women and youth 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 Open



In 2017, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund with support from the Oath Foundation provided awards to eight projects totaling $150,000 in funds and services. The grantees were selected by a jury comprised of: producer Jannat Gargi, ‎Head of Feature Documentaries and Distribution at Vulcan Productions; Ryan Harrington, Hot Docs Acting Director of Industry Programs; Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director, Equality Now; actress Freida Pinto; and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock  (SUPER SIZE ME, 7 DEADLY SINS, CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO).

The 2017 grantees showcase a diverse set of themes, including: the global fight against ISIS; government surveillance in an Arab-American community in Chicago; breaking the class ceiling within Hasidic communities in Brooklyn; and combating drug addiction in Afghanistan. 

See 2017 grantees


The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, with support from the Oath Foundation seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with intended premiere exhibition in late 2019 or 2020.  

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 also look for applicants whose stories: explore the biggest issues impacting women and under-resourced youth; highlight the extraordinary ways they are overcoming these challenges; celebrate the acts of courage, compassion and strength that are driving change; showcase using innovation for good; and honor and salute women leaders who are making a difference.

A portion of the funds provided by the Oath Foundation will support the impact distribution strategy of one or more films, helping ensure that those projects effect the greatest amount of change.

Submissions open February 5, 2019 - April 5, 2019.

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019. 


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