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.
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.
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.
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.
All submissions must include the following:
Submissions open on February 6, 2020.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 30, 2020 (at Midnight EST).
There is no entry fee for projects submitted to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.