TAA Celebrates 14 Years of Support for Underserved Scripted and Documentary Filmmakers
[New York, NY – February 21, 2017] – Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the selection of ten exceptional projects for the 14th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, which provides filmmakers from communities largely underserved in the industry with year-round support, guidance and resources to complete their projects. The TAA program will award these talented filmmakers a total of $100,000 in grant money in 2017.
Ten outstanding scripted and documentary works-in-progress, from both established filmmakers and those who are newer and outside of New York and Los Angeles, were selected by TFI’s Artist Programs team. Founded in 2004, TAA is TFI’s flagship and longest-running filmmaker program, providing financial support and a broad range of development opportunities for storytellers who create groundbreaking projects that bring underrepresented voices with vital stories to tell to the mainstream. Grantees of the fund are also eligible for the TAA Alumni program, which supports their present and future work.
“There has never been a more important time to ensure that storytellers from all backgrounds and perspectives have an opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of TFI. “For nearly a decade and a half, Tribeca All Access has staked out a place for distinctive filmmakers from a diversity of backgrounds, and we remain steadfastly committed to championing these storytellers and standing by them as they evolve throughout their careers.”
Hailing from 45 cities, this year’s group of applicants was the most geographically diverse in the program’s history. Also diverse in composition and topical in content, each of the scripted projects takes risks with form and each of the documentary projects in some way reflects the current social and political shifts in America. Additionally, TFI is the first funder of many of this year’s projects, showing the organization’s willingness to support and lend legitimacy to meaningful work that has not yet demonstrated other backing.
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, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
“Our decade-long commitment to Tribeca All Access is an investment that ensures more voices are not only identified, but also included in the growing landscape of storytelling,” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President, Time Warner Foundation. “We are proud to support the important work Tribeca Film Institute is doing to further enrich the film industry. We look forward to seeing the work of this year’s supported TAA artists as they add to the legacy of a longstanding program that values cultivating ideas, nurturing careers and transforming the artistic landscape.”
Since 2004, TAA has supported 278 films and more than 540 filmmakers who are from communities largely underserved in the entertainment industry. TAA projects have gone on to receive worldwide exposure and acclaim, and include: Whose Streets?, Jean of the Joneses, Five Nights in Maine, Nas: Time is Illmatic, Obvious Child, (T)ERROR, Thank You For Playing, Evolution Of A Criminal, Una Noche, and Gideon’s Army.
At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival®, TAA-supported filmmakers will participate, along with other TFI grantees and selected invitees, in one-on-one meetings with members of industry from around the world. The filmmakers will meet and strategize with film industry executives, potential investors, development executives, producers, agents and other key players in the space. Additionally, they will get to attend an Open House and Pitch Preparation Day, which will include short talks by industry experts on best practices.
Five grants will be awarded to scripted projects in various stages:
Five grants will be awarded to documentary projects in various stages:
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