Tribeca All Access®: Frequently Asked Questions

Documentary and Scripted Projects

How do I apply?

The application for Tribeca All Access® consists of an online form (SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED) that must be completed and uploaded by the submission deadline. Please read all of the Rules & Regulations before applying.

When is the submission deadline and what is the entry fee?

Submissions are open from September 5th, 2019 to November 5th, 2019. All materials MUST be postmarked by the final deadline. There is no entry fee to apply to the TAA Program. The deadline to apply is on November 5th 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

How many projects will be selected?

Seven narrative projects and seven documentary projects will be selected for $10,000 grants. At least four of these selections will support filmmakers living and working in Latin America (the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.). 

Are student films eligible for TAA?


What if I am turning my grad thesis into a feature?

Yes. Grad theses being turned into feature films are eligible for the fund.  However, the new project should be a stand-alone film.  

When will I be notified about my application status?

All applicants will be notified via e-mail no later than March 1st, 2020.

I do not have enough footage. Do I need footage to apply to Tribeca All Access®?

Scripted Films: Depends. If a director is attached to the project, a minimum of 7 minutes of consecutive footage is required, and we encourage more. If there is no director attached, no footage is required.

Documentary Films: Yes. All applicants MUST provide footage (extended trailer, scene assemblage, rough cut) no less than 7 minutes in length.

All projects applying in development or pre-production, with no current footage available, may provide sample footage of a previous work.

Do I need a full script or is a treatment sufficient?

You do not need a full script. Treatments will be accepted but must meet a minimum requirement of 2-4 pages in length.

Will my script and/or submission material be returned to me?

No, we will be unable to return any of your submitted materials.

Does Tribeca All Access® own the rights to my project if it is selected for the program?

No. We do request that, once your film moves into production, you include the Tribeca Film Institute logo in the closing credits along with the words: "Supported by Tribeca All Access®". 

What is an Artistic Statement?

The Artistic Statement is your opportunity to discuss your creative vision for your project. This is where you can speak of the tone and style of the film, and to the reasoning behind your creative choices with regards to subject matter, medium, setting, etc. It’s also the place to touch upon your motivation for telling this story and for how you’ve decided to tell it.

What kind of photo do I need for my application? How can I get it to you?

You should upload a photo that is at least 10" (or 3000 pixels) with a 300 dpi resolution, so that it’s attached to your application. While you definitely don’t need a professional headshot, you should upload a picture that you are comfortable seeing online and in print, as it may be used for promotional purposes if your project is selected. Be sure to name your photo ‘firstname_lastname.jpg’ before uploading it! We cannot accept photos by mail or e-mail.

Does Tribeca All Access® look for certain types of films? How do I know if my project has a “qualified director, producer or screenwriter” attached?

Tribeca All Access® has no restrictions on genre, style, theme, or budget range.  The projects are selected with the intention of supporting working filmmakers who come from communities underrepresented in the film industry and whose projects are in all stages of production or post-production.

Applicants should refer to the Tribeca All Access® Rules & Regulations or contact the Tribeca All Access program if there are any additional questions on eligibility.

Email: or (phone: 212-274-8080)

I have previously directed two feature films. Do I qualify?

TAA is limited to directors working on their first or second features in their chosen field. For example filmmakers who have directed two or more documentary features and are now transitioning into scripted are eligible. Scripted directors who have completed two scripted features and are now transitioning into documentary are also eligible. For questions on this please contact or

I am a screenwriter, but no director/producer is attached to my project yet. Do I qualify for Tribeca All Access?

Yes. Eligible screenwriters are welcome to apply, whether or not a director/producer is attached to their project at the time of application. Scripted Program applications that do not have a director attached are not required to submit footage with their applications.

I previously applied to the TFI Latin America Fund. Do I qualify for Tribeca All Access?

Yes. TAA is now open to filmmakers from around the globe and at least four films will be selected from filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.

When do I need to be in attendance for the Tribeca All Access program?

The qualifying director, producer or screenwriter must be in attendance throughout all TFI events during the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019. Other team members are also welcome and encouraged to attend industry meetings and other TFI events when noted. The total ‘per project’ team should not exceed four.

I live outside of New York City. If I am accepted into the program, will Tribeca All Access cover my travel and accommodation?

Tribeca All Access will provide a travel stipend to help cover the cost of airfare and accommodation for primary participants who do not reside in the New York City metro area.

Note: The stipend may or may not cover the entire cost incurred for travel & accommodations during the duration of the program. Participants who receive a travel stipend will be responsible to arrange his/her own travel details and cover any additional cost outside of what the stipend covers.

If my project is selected for Tribeca All Access, will it screen at the Tribeca Film Festival?

Acceptance to Tribeca All Access® does not indicate acceptance to the festival. Filmmakers with completed films seeking to apply to the Tribeca Film Festival should fill out a separate application by visiting

Will I be able to attend the Tribeca Film Festival as a Tribeca All Access participant?

Yes. All primary participants are accredited as a filmmaker at the festival and will be able to accredit up to two additional team members with a “Filmmaker Guest” badge.

Can I apply to other TFI programs?

Yes, you will answer a number of preliminary questions that will determine if your project is also eligible for other programs. This process allows you to fill out only one application per project.

Am I allowed to submit more than one project?

Scripted Films:  No. We encourage filmmakers to select their strongest project. You are, however, eligible to hold a different role on another applicant’s project.

Documentary Films: Yes. If you would like to submit another project for consideration, you are welcome to, but you must fill out a separate application

Are there any stipulations on how I spend my grant if selected?

For both Documentary and Scripted Programs, participants can use the grants for any stage from development through post-production.

TAA grantees will work with the TFI staff to determine the best plan for spending the funds. TFI reserves the right to withhold portions of the funding if, during a required update or review of the project, certain goals and guidelines previously set are not met.

Where can I find additional answers to questions? 

You will find more information about the application process in our Rules & Regulations. Our staff will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us at & or 212.274.8080