The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects that go beyond traditional screens – integrating video with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. We’re looking for projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.
Two to four projects will be accepted, each receiving $50,000 to $100,000 in funding.
The Fund is specifically for story-driven, non-fiction, interactive projects that incorporate storytelling around a social issue. We do not fund linear film projects although we will consider interactive extensions of a standalone film.
The Fund will include peer support and expert mentorship – we will help connect grantees with the technological expertise they need to realize their projects.
Producers from the U.S. and internationally are invited to apply.
The projects must present a non-fiction story focused on social issues and include an integrated cross-platform or interactive component designed to engage and activate audiences in imaginative ways. We welcome documentary, hybrid/scripted, animation and other innovative storytelling approaches. We will only accept projects that are in an advanced development stage (ie. beyond a conceptual idea and with mockups and a prototype to submit) and beyond but that haven't launched yet. While we are somewhat flexible about the current stage of your project, you must submit mockups or prototypes and you must demonstrate that the Fund will have a meaningful impact on the completion of your project. You do not need to have a standalone film to be eligible for the Fund, as long as storytelling is an integrated part of your project. We do not require that your project is developed across multiple platforms (a single iPad app or interactive website may suffice for example) but you do need to demonstrate why it is innovative and how it engages audiences in new ways.
Projects will be selected from an open call for submissions. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the Fund (as shown in the submitted work, the application form and the strength of the 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 from interdisciplinary fields reflecting film, social change and technology.
In order to qualify for the TFI New Media Fund, entrants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements. Failure to comply with these Rules and Eligibility Requirements will render a submission ineligible.
Applicants will be notified by January 2017 whether their projects are awarded funding or not.
All submissions must include the following:
If you are submitting footage please submit it online. If you are submitting a feature length film please submit an extended trailer as well (minimum of 7 minutes). If you do have a completed linear film as part of the overall project please do submit it by including a link in your application. Please do not send previous work with your submission.
Submissions open on September 6, 2016
Submissions close on November 6, 2016
There are no entry fees.