About the TFI Documentary Fund

The TFI Documentary Fund supports and furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. This fund allows TFI to financially support many audience-grabbing genres that fall under the documentary field.

The TFI Documentary Fund awards grants of at least $10,000 to outstanding feature documentaries that aim to give audiences a unique glimpse of captivating personal stories and unconventional, unexplored environments.

Previous recipients of the TFI Documentary Fund include Zachary Heinzerling’s Academy-Award nominated Cutie and the Boxer, Crystal Moselle, who profiled six teenage cinephile brothers delving into the outside world after years of isolation in The Wolfpack; Ravi & Geeta Patel’s hilarious rom-com documentary Meet the Patels, about contemporary dating life seen through the eyes of a 1st generation Indian-American; Leah Wolchok’s incisive and comic look at the New Yorker cartoonists in Very Semi-Serious; and Maite Alberdi’s Tea Time, an intimate portrait of five elderly Chilean women and their fascinating monthly tea gatherings discussing friendship, politics and love.     

The TFI Documentary Fund supports films that paint a dynamic portrait of compelling individuals and untold stories. By playfully engaging in these unexplored perspectives, the TFI Documentary Fund seeks to spotlight the journey of the individual.


For additional information about the TFI Documentary Fund, please visit our Rules & Regulations and FAQs, or contact us at documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org or 212.274.8080 x28.