GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND ANNOUNCES 2011 GRANTEES, AWARD RECIPIENTS TO RECEIVE $150,000 IN DOCUMENTARY FINISHING FUNDS
The PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity & Rights Joins the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund in Announcing the Inaugural Recipients of the $50,000
Spotlighting Women Documentary Award
Jessica Alba, Amir Bar-Lev, Frida Giannini, and Edward Norton among 2011 Jury Members
[New York, NY – June 1, 2011] –The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Gucci today announced the 2011 recipients selected for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The Fund, now in its fourth year, provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world. Nine projects have been selected from450 submissions from 38 countries to receive a total of $150,000, to be administered by the Tribeca Film Institute.
New this year, The PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity & Rights, has joined the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, and created the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award which will annually provide funding of $50,000. Three film projects that illuminate the courage, compassion, extraordinary strength of character, and contributions of women from around the world have been chosen for the inaugural award.
2011 projects were selected by a jury consisting of Jessica Alba, Amir Bar-Lev, Wendy Ettinger, Frida Giannini, Edward Norton, and Mariane Pearl. The committee chose the recipients from finalists selected by TFI. In addition to funding, grantees will each receive year-round support from TFI, including one-on-one guidance and consultation, helping each film to reach completion and enter the marketplace in the best possible position.
“We recognize the invaluable role that documentary films play in helping to bring important social concerns out into the open and thus create meaningful conversation,” said Beth Janson, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute. “We are proud of this year’s selections and are committed to our ongoing partnership with Gucci and new relationship with the PPR Foundation to continue to help inspire change through film.”
The projects that will collectively receive $100,000 total in funding for the 2011 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund are:
The projects that will collectively receive $50,000 total in funding for the inaugural 2011 Spotlighting Women Documentary Award are:
“These are the films that people should be keeping an eye out for in the months ahead,” said jury member Amir Bar-lev. “These projects effectively push the form of documentary filmmaking and defy established conventions, taking audiences to places that they never imagined existed.”
Films funded through the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund examine larger issues through engaging stories including: an intimate portrayal of how race and privilege are experienced by African American middle class families in the US today; three teens living in China who receive treatment for the classification of internet addiction; the creation of a new constitution in Zimbabwe; an inside look at the Gulf Coast through characters who work in the oil and fishing industries; the story of a remarkable public health charity operating in the world's poorest countries; and a look at today’s Green Revolution through the increasing conflict over lithium. The grantees projects include:
The new Spotlighting Women Documentary Awards will expand the reach of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund illuminating the courage, compassion, extraordinary strength of character, and contributions of women from around the world including: the story of three woman who go on a life-changing journey to become solar engineers; a courageous woman and her husband who fight for justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and the stirring conflict surrounding beauty pageants in India. The grantees projects include:
About the Tribeca Film Institute:
The Tribeca Film Institute is a 501(c)3 year round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001. TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource and advocate for individual artists in the field. The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century. Administering a dozen major programs annually, TFI is a critical contributor to the fabric of filmmaking and aids in protecting the livelihood of filmmakers and media artists.
For more information and a list of all TFI programs visit http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/
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