Tribeca, Gucci issue grants


Documentaries are now in fashion, and vice versa.

Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci are teaming to launch the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, designed to provide finishing funds and postproduction guidance for issue-oriented nonfiction films.

A total of $80,000 in grants will be divided among at least three filmmakers next year from TFI. They will be selected by the organization, Gucci execs and a committee of docu filmmakers, based largely on their potential impact on social change and coverage of issues not extensively featured in the mainstream media.

The initiative is spearheaded by Tribeca Film Institute co-chairmen Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro and Gucci America president Daniella Vitale. Gucci previously launched a docu completion fund with the Ambulante Film Festival to support the work of three Mexican filmmakers in February.

Documentary filmmakers with projects in production or postproduction can submit a proposal along with a trailer, scene assemblage or rough-cut between Feb. 5 and April 11. Winners will be announced in the summer.