Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund: Rules and Regulations


As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of domestic and global social issues, documentaries have become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to these contemporary international conflicts. 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. Finally, it is growing ever more imperative for many films to carry their reach beyond the screen and into concrete action through strategically planned and thoughtfully executed impact campaigns.

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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.  

Eligible films for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. . Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. Films should also be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and resonate with a wide audience. We are seeking feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after August 2020.


In 2020 the Tribeca Film Institute, through the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will offer grants ranging from $10,000 - $30,000. Fund recipients will be announced by August 2020. 

In addition, each grantee will receive unique guidance and consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute. Customized support will be provided not just to aid the project(s)' current standing (through note sessions & feedback, private screenings, etc.) but also to ensure that each film enters the marketplace in a strategically efficient manner.

Selection Process

Films will be selected from an open call for submissions. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program (as shown in the submitted work and the strength of proposal) and to those where granting amounts will have significant impact. Selection will be done by Tribeca Film Institute staff and a final selection committee comprised of notable talents in the field.

Submission Rules and Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, entrants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements. Failure to comply with these rules will render a submission ineligible.

  • Submitted projects must have an intended final running time of at least 70 minutes and should creatively depict subjects and issues that promote social change. Submissions must be in the production or post-production stage and must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly or have been distributed in theaters or via the Internet before August 2020. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight unique access and storytelling ability. Foreign language documentaries are eligible, but must be subtitled and suitable for an American audience. Applicants must be over 18-years old; however, student films and documentary short films are not eligible for submission. Applicants will be notified by August 2020 if their films are awarded funding or not.

All submissions must include the following:

  • Applicants must complete the online application form (Submissions Now Closed) and upload a thorough proposal. Applicants must submit footage 7 minutes or longer  (an extended trailer, scene assemblage and/or a rough cut of the project), digitally via a link to a private or public video site (i.e., YouTube or Vimeo). When you provide links embedded onto your application, you must not take down your footage at any time through the submission process (February - August 2020) or you will be disqualified. Please do not send previous work with your submission. The Tribeca Film Institute will make every effort to safe-guard the materials submitted; however, TFI is not responsible for lost or hacked submissions.
  • A project description outlining the form and style of the film. Bios of filmmaker(s) and key crew members. Contact information for key crew members. A concise timeline explaining the sequence of steps required for the completion of the eligible film. A budget top-sheet A specific request for funding, including a detailed description of how this money will be used towards the completion of the film. Requested funds must be reasonable. The Selection Committee will determine the actual amount awarded to Fund recipients. Outreach strategy for the film, if applicable.

Entry Deadlines

Submissions opened on February 6, 2020.

The deadline for submissions was extended to April 30, 2020 (at Midnight EST).

Entry Fees

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


Please visit our FAQ page, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the entry process at