TAA Scripted and Documentary Rules and Regulations

Submissions Now Closed


Although eligible projects must have one qualifying director, producer or screenwriter attached, there are NO requirements in terms of film subject matter or genre.  Films can also be large or small in budget.

All applicants will be notified of their project status via email by February 15 2018 (UPDATED: March 1 2018).


In order to qualify for Tribeca All Access, entrants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements. Failure to comply with these rules will render a submission ineligible.


  • Applicants are required to apply with a thorough treatment and, if available, a feature-length screenplay, with or without a director attached.
  • Only ONE submission per applicant is allowed unless applicant is working on another project in a different role.
  • Films intending to be subtitled are eligible, but the submitted screenplay must be in English. 
  • If a director is attached to the project, ONE full sample of the director’s prior work must be supplied via an online-streaming source (YouTube, Vimeo) or DVD.  Sample work must be a minimum of 5 consecutive minutes in length, though we encourage longer. (Examples of prior work may include a webisode, short film, feature film, music video, commercial, etc.).  DO NOT provide reels or more than two samples of prior work, except if there is more than one director attached to the project.
  • Submissions must NOT have been distributed in theaters or have aired on any form of television, internet streaming, or public screening prior to February 2018.


  • Applicants are required to apply with a thorough treatment that outlines the intended shape of the documentary, introduces the subject(s) and/or locale(s), and provides an overview of the production team and budget.
  • Eligible documentary projects may be in pre-production/development, production, or post-production. 
  • Projects in pre-production or development should have already secured access to their subject(s) and  put a suggestive storyline in place.
  • Edited footage (e.g. trailer, teaser, rough-cut) should be submitted via a URL (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube) or a mailed DVD. Sample work from the project can be in any language or dialect; however, if it is not in English it must carry English subtitles.
  • Applicants with projects in pre-production or development that do not have sample footage of the current work need to submit a previous work sample in order to be eligible for support. Any footage submitted must be at least 7 minutes in length.
  • Submissions must NOT have been distributed in theaters or have aired on any form of television, internet streaming, or public screening prior to February 2018.
  • Student projects are not eligible for this program.

All submissions must include the following:

  • A completed online application form (SUBMISSIONS CLOSED).
  • A US-based filmmaker, producer, or screenwriter from an under-represented community in the film industry attached to the project.
  • Bios and contact information for key filmmaker(s)/applicant(s).
  • Registration with the WGA or copyright office for all submitted screenplays.
  • If submitting footage via online streaming URL – Links embedded in your online application that redirect to a streaming website where we may access your footage. PLEASE NOTE: You must not take down your footage at any time through the submission process (September – February), or you will be disqualified.
  • If you provide a URL link to footage, you are not required to mail DVDs. If submitting footage via DVD – please send to the shipping address listed below. All copies must be labelled with the following: submission number, project title, sample work’s title and run time, and applicants’ names and contact information.
  • A budget top sheet or summary that breakdowns, to your best estimation, the total funding needed for the project. This sheet should reflect how the initial funding grant of $10,000 from TAA will be used  as well as note any other amounts of money that may have already been secured.
  • Applicants must be at least 18-years old and based in the US or Puerto Rico.

Entry Deadlines for Documentary and Scripted Projects

September 6, 2017 – Submissions Open

November 6, 2017 – Submissions Close [11:59pm EST]


This is no entry fee to apply to the Tribeca All Access Program.


We require applicants to submit all necessary materials online. 


Please visit our FAQ page for answers to some commonly asked questions.

If you still have questions regarding the entry process, please feel free to contact us directly:

scripted@tribecafilminstitute.org  / documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org or (212) 274-8080 

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