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iW NEWS | Tribeca Film Institute Announces New Sloan Initiative and Other Programs

iW NEWS | Tribeca Film Institute Announces New Sloan Initiative and Other Programs

With the Tribeca Film Festival looming, the Tribeca Film Institute unveiled its programs and grants to be awarded during the event taking place April 23 – May 4. Collaborating with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the inaugural TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, the grant will provide $140,000 to U.S. based filmmakers who incorporate science and technology into their films. This program seeks to “cultivate narrative films in any stage of their development that creatively explore how science and technology impact everyday life or depict the lives of scientists, engineers and mathematicians in fresh ways.” TFI is also planning to announce plans for a filmmaker exchange program with the Rwandan Cinema Center (RCC) in which both groups will support the development of the film industry in Rwanda. TFI will send six U.S. filmmakers to Rwanda this fall to study with six students from RCC in a series of workshops. Subsequently, the six Rwandan filmmakers will travel to the U.S. during Tribeca Film Festival 2009. And finally, TFI’s Tribeca Film Fellows program will continue into a fourth year in which 20 young filmmakers are given an “all-access” look at TFF with programs that include mentorship, workshops, panels and other special events. New this year is the first annual Tribeca Youth Achievement Awards that will honor two fellows who show “extraordinary promise.” The prize includes grants and filmmmaking equipment. [Brian Brooks]

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