[New York, NY – March 19, 2015] – Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced fifteen promising new projects selected for the 12th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, along with two members of the LGBT filmmaking community selected as special fellows to attend its annual market during the Tribeca Film Festival. The TAA program supports filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities and will grant support for each of the projects as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources to help filmmakers complete them. TAA filmmakers are also welcomed into the TAA Alumni program, which supports their present and future work. In 2015, TAA and TAA Alumni will award a total of $200,000 in grant money.
Fifteen exceptional scripted, documentary and interactive works-in-progress were selected from 710 submissions from across the country. The TAA grantees are overseen by Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs at TFI and encompass a collection of emerging and established diverse filmmakers.
“Tribeca All Access is TFI’s cornerstone filmmaker program and through it we are constantly reevaluating what “diversity” means,” said Harrington. “This year, we are proud to extend our support to interactive and LGBT filmmakers, while maintaining the core mission of the program to amplify the voices of fearless, underrepresented artists.”
Since its founding in 2004, the diversity-focused TAA has served as TFI’s premiere scripted and documentary filmmaker program, specializing in providing a range of programming for storytellers who create groundbreaking media projects that bring unheard voices to the mainstream.
TAA is made possible by Time Warner Foundation, a leading supporter of TFI since 2006, with additional support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The New York State Council on the Arts.
“As a global company, Time Warner is committed to telling with world’s stories through the voices of the best storytellers.” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP Cultural Investments & Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc., and President, Time Warner Foundation. “That commitment is the inspiration for the mission of the Time Warner Foundation – to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers. Through innovative partnerships with leading arts organizations like The Tribeca Film Institute, the Time Warner Foundation invests in programs that develop promising talent from all backgrounds. This is why the Tribeca All Access program continues to be such a wonderful example of our mission brought to life.”
Since 2004, TAA has supported 252 films and more than 395 filmmakers who identify as members of a minority group. TAA alumni projects have gone on to receive worldwide exposure and acclaim, including: Nas: Time is Illmatic, Obvious Child, (T)ERROR, God Loves Uganda, Evolution Of A Criminal, Una Noche, and Gideon’s Army.
With the support of the MacArthur Foundation, 2015 will mark the first year that this program has expanded to include interactive storytellers through five additional grants. TFI will implement three new programming initiatives under TAA: an Interactive Prototype Fund, a workshop for TAA Interactive grantees and a dedicated TAA hackathon.
Five grants will be awarded to interactive projects in various stages:
During this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, TFI filmmakers from TAA will participate, along with grantees from TFI’s other programs, in “TFI Network Market,” one-on-one industry meetings on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 which allow the filmmakers to network with film industry executives, potential investors, development executives, producers and agents. They will also get to attend a Pitch Preparation Workshop and Open House hosted by Time Warner, which will include an afternoon of short talks by industry experts on best practices.
Five grants will be awarded to scripted projects in various stages:
Under TAA, TFI this year will also host two rising members of the LGBT filmmaking community at the industry meetings. The two, who will be considered for meetings along with the TAA scripted filmmakers, are writer/director, Ingrid Jungermann, for Women Who Kill and writer/director, Hernando Bansuelo, for Martinez, CA. With the lack of feature films in Hollywood that depict realistic, positive portrayals of the LGBT community, TFI aims to extend the mission of TAA’s diversity support to bring attention to these types of projects.
Five grants will be awarded to documentary projects in various stages:
TFI through TAA will also host two Kartemquin DVID fellows at TFI Network Market. The fellows, part of a collaborative center in Chicago for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society, will be considered for meetings along with the TAA documentary filmmakers.
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Tribeca Film Institute supports cutting-edge storytelling for social change in our communities and around the world.
Each year, we identify a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists then empower them with funding and resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Further, our education programs empower students through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, offering young people the media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens.
We are a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.
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