TFI Latin America Fund: Rules and Regulations

Submissions Now Closed

[See these rules in Spanish.]


 The TFI Latin America Fund supports innovative filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America who are working on feature-length scripted, documentary or doc-fiction hybrid films.  Funded films are story-driven and in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production with no existing US or Latin American distribution in place. Whether through unconventional forms or more traditional means, selected storytellers are encouraged to invent, explore and redefine visions and stories that reflect their diverse cultures.

Through the Fund, TFI supports Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers who are working independently of larger producers in an effort to reach a more expansive audience. The artists supported by this program range from filmmakers exploring unique  approaches to storytelling , to  those working within a medium and/or a community that is underrepresented in the mainstream.


The TFI Latin America Fund seeks feature-length scripted, documentary, animated or doc-fiction hybrid films that are story-driven and in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production with no existing US or Latin American distribution in place. The Fund recognizes and supports projects that take stylistic risks and are unconventional in form and content, but that above all else position the story as the driving force of the film. In short, the TFI Latin America Fund looks for films that bravely push the boundaries of artistic storytelling and show a new & exhilarating side to the Latino identity. Please refer to our list of previous grantees to get a better idea of the types of films we fund.


Each grantee will receive a grant of up to $12,000 and exclusive guidance from the Tribeca Film Institute to ensure that each film reaches completion and enters the U.S. marketplace from the best possible vantage point.  TFI Latin America Fund grantees will also have the chance to participate at TFI Network, Tribeca Film Institute’s filmmaker/industry market during the next Tribeca Film Festival.

The TFI/Bloomberg Grants

The TFI/Bloomberg Grants  are awarded to Latin American scripted and documentary filmmakers who live and work in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean in order to aid in the development of their projects at any stage. An application to the TFI Latin America Fund automatically places your project in consideration for these grants.

The TFI/Canacine Grants

With the support of Canacine, TFI provides grants to feature-length scripted & documentary Mexican storytellers, to support their projects at any stage from development thru post-production. An application to the TFI Latin America Fund automatically places your project in consideration for these grants.

Selection Process

Films will be selected from an open call for submissions, and final decisions will be made by Tribeca Film Institute staff in the Artist Programs department, with the approval of our esteemed advisory committee of industry professionals 


TFI Latin America Fund

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

  • Submissions must be scripted, documentary, animation, and/or doc-fiction hybrid feature-length projects with an intended length of at least 70 minutes.
  • Submissions must be in the advanced development, 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 prior to February 2018. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight unique access and storytelling ability.
  • Eligible projects should not have any existing US distribution in place.
  • Projects may be in any language or dialect, but if they are not in English, then they must be subtitled in English.
  • Applicants must be over 18-years old.
  • Student films and stand-alone short films are not eligible for submission.
  • Applicants will be notified by March 2018 whether their projects have been awarded funding or not.

For the TFI/Bloomberg Grants:

  • Grants are awarded annually to feature–length scripted & documentary storytellers  from Mexico, Central America, South America & the Caribbean.
  • Projects are accepted at any stage from advanced development thru post-production.
  • TFI staff will determine who receives the Fellowship. You do not apply directly to it.

All submissions must include the following:

  • Applicants must complete the online application form (SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED) and upload a thorough treatment (which needs to be in English).
    • A description that outlines the form and style of the project.
    • 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 project.
    • A budget for the requested funds; entrants must detail how the grant money will be used towards the completion of the film.
    • Outreach/audience engagement strategy for the project, if applicable.
    • A treatment for fiction projects and a script for fiction projects if available in English. 
  • For Documentary & Hybrid Submissions: Applicants must include a footage URL (YouTube/Vimeo) OR submit 2 DVD copies of project footage (trailer, scene assemblage and/or a rough cut) no shorter than 7 minutes.  Applicants are NOT required to mail DVDs if they provide a URL link.
  • If DVD’s are mailed, they should be labeled with submission number, project title, running time, applicants name and contact information. DVDs must be NTSC and formatted for Zone 0 and 1. PLEASE NOTE: If you provide links embedded onto your application, you must not take down your footage at any time through the submission process (September - March) or you will be disqualified.
  • For Scripted Projects: If a director is attached we require no shorter than 7 consecutive minutes of previous work.  If there is a trailer, scene assemblage and/or rough cut available, you are welcome to send, but not required.   Mailed footage samples must be shipped pre-paid, including any duties or customs fees.
  • Tribeca Film Institute will make every effort to safe-guard the materials submitted; however TFI will not be responsible for lost or stolen DVD samples. Submissions will not be returned.

Important Dates

September 6th, 2017 – Submissions Open

November 6th, 2017 – Submissions Deadline

Entry Fees

There is no entry to apply for the TFI Latin America Fund.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the entry process:  / or at (212) 274-8080