Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

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Is my project eligible?

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is seeking feature-length documentaries that are in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date being after August 2018. Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today in a humanizing, illuminating manner. We are looking for films which challenge the status quo not just as pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Films should also be commercially viable and resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience.

More than half of 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.  We are looking for applicants whose stories: explore the biggest issues impacting women and 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.

What are some examples of films that would qualify for funding?

Please refer to our previous grantees to get an idea of the types of films we fund.

In order to be eligible, what anticipated length should my film be?

The Fund is designed to support feature-length films with an intended length of at least 70 minutes.

Are films in development or early in production eligible for the Fund?

Yes, we do consider films that are in late stages of development and early production. However, you must have enough “A” footage shot to suitably show character development and story flow in no less than 7 minutes.

Are student films eligible for the Fund?

No, unfortunately we do not accept student film submissions.

What if I am turning my grad thesis into a feature?

Yes, grad theses being turned into feature films are eligible for the Fund – but they need to be separate, stand-alone projects that are distinct from the thesis film.

If I am a first-time filmmaker am I still eligible to apply?

We encourage both seasoned and first-time filmmakers to apply for the Fund.

Are international productions eligible for the Fund?

Yes, international productions are eligible. All sample work provided must have English subtitles and be suitable for an American audience. The Fund will only consider proposals written in English.

Are animated documentary films eligible to apply?

Yes, animated documentary films are eligible, but they must be feature-length.

Submissions

How do I apply?

An application for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund consists of: a) a form that must be completed online (SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED) and b) footage that must be delivered to the Tribeca Film Institute office or embedded as links onto the application.

What is a proposal/treatment?

Your written proposal is separate from your online application; both are required. While the online application provides us with a reference for your information, the proposal/treatment is your chance to fully introduce your film and yourself. Your proposal/treatment should provide a clear overview of what happens (or you intend to happen) in your story from start to finish, introducing all of the major characters and covering all of the major plot points. It is important that you not only lay forth the characters and major beats, but link them together in a way that reflects the tone and style of the story you intend to tell. Treatments that are too short or are vague will not be considered strongly. Your proposal is usually read before your work sample is viewed, so it is your chance to explain context, production notes and your approach to the film.

Why do I have to request a specific amount of money from the Fund?

One of our main goals is to ensure that our funding will have the best possible impact on your film. We therefore ask that you submit a short breakdown of how you will use the requested money. Final decisions on all dollar amounts for funded projects will be made by TFI and the Selection Committee.

Can I request funding to be applied towards outreach, marketing or distribution?

No, funds can only be applied towards the completion of a film.

I have both a trailer and a rough cut ready- which one should I submit as a sample?

The idea is for you to put forth what you consider to be your best work. We will accept all materials you choose to make available and viewable. If you have a trailer and/or rough cut at the ready, feel free to provide both. (For DVDs, they should be on the same disc, marked as separate choices in the menu. Please also note on the disc itself whether both the trailer and/or rough cut are included.)

Sample work from the project can be in any language or dialect; however, if it is not in English, it must be subtitled.

I do not have a seven-minute trailer completed at this time -- what should I provide as a sample?

We need a sample from the proposed film, so that we can understand your project and your stage of production. The submitted footage must be at least 7 minutes long, and such a sample should convey the subject, approach and scope of the project. Alternately, we are happy to look at scene selects or an assemblage. We encourage you to send as much footage for us to look at as you are comfortable sending.

Can I provide a previously completed work instead of a sample from the submitted project?

No, we cannot accept a previously completed work as a work sample. You must provide a sample representative of the submitted project.

When is the submission deadline? Is there a fee?

Submissions open on February 16, 2018 and will close on April 16, 2018 (at Midnight EST). All materials MUST be postmarked by the final deadline.

There is no entry fee for projects submitted to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.

What is an Artistic Statement?

The Artistic Statement is your opportunity to discuss your creative vision for your project. This is where you can speak to the tone and style of the film, and to the reasoning behind your creative choices with regards to subject matter, medium, setting, etc. It’s also the place to touch upon your motivation for telling this story and for how you’ve decided to tell it.

Do you need a budget from me? Why?

We do require an actual or estimated budget top-sheet, and the more detailed a budget you can provide, the better. These allow TFI staff and the Awards Committee to more accurately evaluate your project and the strength of your plans for seeing it realized.

Can I e-mail you my submission materials?

No, you cannot e-mail your submission materials. We require that you upload any documents and visual materials so that they are linked with your online application.

Project footage and/or completed films can be embedded as links within your application or can be sent by DVD (NTSC format, Zone 0 or 1) as detailed on the application and in the Rules & Regulations.

What kind of photo do I need for my application? How can I get it to you?

You should upload a photo that is at least 1200-1500 pixels in width or height so that it’s linked to your application. While you definitely don’t need a professional headshot, you should upload a picture that you are comfortable seeing online and in print, as it may be used for promotional purposes if your project is selected. Be sure to name your photo 'firstname_lastname.jpg' before uploading it! We cannot accept photos by mail or email.

What if there are developments with my project after I submit it?

Please keep us posted about new project developments by emailing documentary@tfiny.org with the subject “UPDATE: Project Title (Application #)”. Depending on how far along we are in the review process, we will do our best to take developments into consideration. That said, once submissions close, new screenplay drafts, additional footage or new cuts will not be reviewed until an applicant is made a finalist.

How will I know that the Fund has received my submission materials?

You will be notified by email when submission materials have been processed. However, it is recommended that you use a shipping service that provides confirmation of delivery for materials that have been mailed in.

Will the Fund return my submission materials?

No, we will be unable to return any of your submitted materials.

Selection

How are winning films selected?

Initial rounds of evaluation will be conducted and thoroughly vetted by Tribeca Film Institute staff. Final Selections will be made by TFI as well as by a final selection committee comprised of notable talents in the field.

When will I be notified if my film is awarded funding?

You will be notified whether or not you are granted funding no later than August 2018.

When will recipients of the Fund be announced?

Fund recipients will be officially announced by August 2018.

If my project is selected to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, will it screen at the Tribeca Film Festival?

Acceptance to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund does not indicate acceptance to the festival. Filmmakers with completed films seeking to apply to the Tribeca Film Festival should fill out a separate application by visiting www.tribecafilm.com/festival/.

Where can I find additional answers to questions?

You will find more information about the application process in our Rules and Regulations. Our staff will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us at documentary@tfiny.org or call us at 212-274-8080.