27 projects chosen for Tribeca All Access

Program spotlights works from underrepresented areas

The Tribeca Film Festival has selected 27 projects for its Tribeca All Access, program which is designed to nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. From April 20-25, the participating directors and screenwriters will present their upcoming works to more than 100 potential investors, development execs, producers and agents.

There are 24 U.S.-based filmmakers involved in the 27 projects, which were selected from a pool of more than 475 submissions. Six projects came through international associations.

The 2009 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Narrative jurors are Viola Davis, Sanaa Lathan, Anne Carey, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Luis Guzman, Darnell Martin, Lance Reddick and Amy Robinson; the 2009 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Documentary jurors are Ellen Kuras, Fenton Bailey and Lola Ogunnaike.

For the second year, TAA will include international delegates by featuring six projects through its associations with the U.K. Film Council, Screen Australia (formerly Australian Film Commission) and Canadian Film Center. The participants are: from the U.K., David Alexander and Lab Ky Mo; from Australia, Pauline Chan and Samantha Saunders; and from Canada, K'naan Warsame and Sudz Sutherland.

Additionally, "Tribeca All Access OnTrack" -- an expansion of the TAA program, which provides year-round support to TAA alumni -- will host four TAA alumni -- Camila Martin, "The Row"; Michael Golamco, "Please By"; Rodney Evans, "Day Dream"; and Bennie Klein, "Lost Tribes" -- at this year's fest to showcase a special presentation of their respective work-in-progress films.

Since its founding in May 2004, TAA has supported the careers of more than 155 filmmakers from traditionally under-represented communities within the film industry and facilitated 2,432 one-on-one meetings for them with key industry personnel. From 2004-08, a total of 158 projects have participated in TAA.