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 with support from the Oath Foundation will provide funding to 6-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. More than half of the fund will support projects about women and under-served youth around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures, and the world.
Eligible films for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. 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 advanced development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after August 2019.
In 2019 the Tribeca Film Institute, through its Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will offer grants ranging from $10,000 - $25,000. Fund recipients will be announced by August 2019. One or more films will receive up to $20,000 to support the planning and execution of an impact distribution strategy/campaign.
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 5, 2019.
Submission close on April 5, 2019 (at Midnight EST).
UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019.
There is no entry fee for projects submitted to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.