Grantee Profile

Tribeca Film Institute

Grants to Tribeca Film Institute

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 11 months)

    Journalism & Media

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) is a nonprofit organization that provides financial and artistic support to independently produced film and interactive projects through several different funds and fellowship programs. In 2016, TFI is re-launching its Tribeca All Access program, established in 2004, as a more comprehensive network of support services for first- or second-time U.S.-based filmmakers from communities underrepresented in the film field, as defined by race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and professional experience. Though filmmakers will apply by submitting their current documentary, scripted, or interactive work-in-progress project, the new Tribeca All Access program is designed to lay groundwork to help filmmakers build their careers beyond the current project. The outcome of this grant is more robust, structured support for emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities. 

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) is a nonprofit organization that provides financial and artistic support to independently produced documentary films and interactive projects through seven different funds and fellowship programs. TFI is entering a planning process in order to design a new funding stream, the TFI Short Docs Fund, designed to support short-form journalistic documentaries, up to 20 minutes in length, that explore current social issues. This planning phase involves convening stakeholders including filmmakers, funders, and media strategists; in-depth research and analysis into potential news and media outlets for this work; and the development of an outreach strategy to draw applicants from under-resourced communities beyond Tribeca’s current network. The outcome of this grant will be a comprehensive action plan for implementation of the TFI Short Docs Fund.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) was created by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 as part of a larger effort to help revitalize lower Manhattan with new institutions that would draw people to the area. Over the past 13 years, the Tribeca Film Institute has become an important source of financial and professional support for independent filmmakers in New York City and around the country. The Tribeca All Access program was created by the Institute in 2003 to support filmmakers from groups underrepresented in the film industry (women and people of color) through film grants, career development workshops, and introductions to industry representatives, which enable these independent filmmakers to successfully complete their documentary projects on social issues. As a core grantee in the MacArthur Foundation’s Media/Journalism program, the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program provides multifaceted support to documentary films being produced by diverse production teams. Beginning in 2015, with MacArthur support, Tribeca All Access will extend this level of support to interactive documentary projects created by producers from underrepresented communities.

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Institute, based in New York, serves local, national, and international independent filmmakers. The Tribeca All Access (TAA) program was created in 2003 to support filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented groups. Through direct financial support, career development workshops, introductions to industry representatives, and assistance in finding broadcast and theatrical screening opportunities, TAA enables independent filmmakers to complete their feature-length documentary projects. This grant provides support for the operations and grantmaking of the Tribeca All Access program.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Institute supports independent filmmakers through grants and professional development activities. This grant supports the Tribeca All Access program which identifies talented women and minority filmmakers and provides them with direct financial support, career development workshops, and introductions to industry representatives. A portion of this grant also supports the Reframe Collection, an online marketplace for hard-to-find independent and documentary content that serves the needs of niche content owners and distributors and the audience who seek that content.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of Reframe, a project to aggregate, digitize, curate and make available independent media content for online distribution (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Tribeca Film Institute $1,350,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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