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The 2011 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and indepth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.

As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of world affairs, domestic issues and social conflicts, the documentary has become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to the serious issues facing our world today.

In 2011, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, through the Tribeca Film Institute, will offer grants ranging from $10,000 – $25,000.


The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is seeking feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2011 or 2012. Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today told in a humanizing, illuminating way.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is looking for films which challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter but also in form. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and should resonate with a wide audience.


In 2011 the Tribeca Film Institute, through its Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, will offer grants ranging from $10,000 – $25,000.

In addition, each grantee will receive unique guidance and consult from the Tribeca Film Institute that ensures each film reaches completion and enters the marketplace in the best possible position.


  • Submissions must be non-fiction motion pictures with an intended length of at least 70 minutes and should creatively document subjects and issues that promote social change.
  • Submissions must be in the late stages of production or post-production stages and must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly or have been distributed in theatres or via the internet. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight unique access and storytelling ability.
  • Foreign language documentaries are eligible, but must be subtitled and suitable for an American audience.
  • Applicants must be over 18-years old.
  • Student films and documentary short films are not eligible for submission.
  • Applicants will be notified by 1 June 2010 whether their films are awarded funding or not.

How to enter?

All submissions must include the following:

  • Applicants must complete the online application form and upload a thorough proposal.
    • A project description outlining the form and style of the film.
    • Bios of filmmaker(s) and key crew members.
    • Contact information for key crew members.
    • A concise timeline explaining the sequence of steps required for the completion of the eligible film.
    • A budget for the requested funds; entrants may request no less that $10K and no greater than $25K and detail how this money will be used towards the completion of the film. The Selection Committee will determine the actual amount awarded to Fund recipients.
    • Outreach strategy for the film, if applicable.
  • Applicants must submit 2 DVD copies of an extended trailer (no shorter than 7 minutes), scene assemblage or a rough cut of the project. Label the DVDs with submission number, project title, running time, applicants name and contact information. DVDs must be formatted for Zone 0 and 1. Please do not send previous work with your submission.
  • Submissions must be shipped pre-paid, including any duties or customs fees.
  • Gucci and Tribeca Film Institute will make every effort to safe-guard the materials submitted; however neither Gucci nor TFI will be responsible for lost or stolen submissions. Submissions will not be returned.

All materials must be sent prepaid to:

Tribeca Film Institute
73 Spring Street, Suite 406
New York, NY 10012
Attn: Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
(212) 274-8080 x28

Entry fee

  • $30 USD – by early deadline (8 November 2010)
  • $40 USD – by final deadline (8 December 2010)