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Program Celebrates Ten Years of Supporting Filmmakers with Diverse Backgrounds at Anniversary Celebration during the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival

Total of $150,000 in grants awarded to filmmakers

New York, NY – (March 14, 2013) –The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced  projects selected for the 10th Annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. TAA will support each project with an initial $15,000 grant as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources for filmmakers to help advance their projects toward completion.  The selections, programmed by Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming and Tamir Muhammad, Director of Feature Programming, encompass a wide range of works-in-progress by emerging and established filmmakers who come from statistically underrepresented communities.

Ten filmmakers with unfinished projects were selected out of 560 submissions from across the country to participate in the 2013 program.  One additional project was selected to participate through TAA’s six-year partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). TAA will present the 11 projects—6 narratives and 5 documentaries—at a three-day career-development program from April 22-24, during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, April 17-28.  

Two projects will be selected as recipients of the juried Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards, presented by the Time Warner Foundation and recognized at a ceremony on April 24. Selected by a jury of industry professionals based on the strength of the filmmakers’ visions, the two awards will each provide an additional $10,000 grant to one documentary and one feature project. The program will culminate with the TAA 10th Anniversary Celebration on April 26.

Additionally, this year TFI will launch the TFI Professional Partnership, a new initiative that will continue TFI's commitment to supporting the careers and projects of their grantees, including those involved with TAA. The initiative will partner leading companies with a pool of talented filmmakers seeking ways to translate their skills into other areas such as television, web, marketing, and education. The TFI Professional Partnership will kick off with a professional development panel during the Festival.  After the panel each partnering company will select at least two grantees for further one-on-one development and consideration for their business needs. Partnering companies include NBC Universal and Warner Bros.

Since its founding in 2003, TAA has championed 227 films and over 500 filmmakers who identify as members of a minority group, such as: 2007 TAA alum Cherien Dabis, whose latest feature May in Summer, opened the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Past TAA-supported films have gone on to premiere at film festivals around the country, received distribution deals and garnered critical acclaim. These include titles such as:

“When we founded TAA it was with a mission of amplifying the voices of artists who were not being heard,” said Beth Janson, Executive Director of TFI. “Ten years later, we are proud to have remained true to that mission and developed a tight-knit community of talented filmmakers. We are looking forward to expanding our family and celebrating ten years of community.”

“Our mission is to find innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers,” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President of the Time Warner Foundation. “TAA is among the best new talent development programs in the industry. We are proud to call them partners and look forward to the next decade.”

Five grants will be awarded to documentary projects in various stages:

Five grants will be awarded to narrative projects in various stages:


The narrative project selected to participate from the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is:


In line with TAA’s mission to support filmmakers year round, more than 200 program alumni will have the opportunity to network and present their works-in-progress at selected events throughout the year. Grants and fellowships totaling over $75,000 for projects in development or new works by program alumni will be awarded on April 24th, during TFF.

Major support for TAA is provided by the Time Warner Foundation with additional support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Heineken, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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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.

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