Female filmmakers make up the majority of the 2014 recipients of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, a grant devoted to supporting domestic and international projects with a social mission. The winners will receive financial backing totaling $150,000 and year-round guidance on getting their films out to the public.
Six directors (four of them women) have been named the winners of the Fund, and another three documentarians (two of them women) the recipients of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award.
Over the past seven years, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund has supported 54 films and gifted $910,000 in grants.
Members of the grant jury included Claire Aguilar (Executive Content Advisor for Independent Television Service – ITVS), actor Alec Baldwin, producer and director Ross Kauffman (E-Team, Born Into Brothels), singer John Legend, and Alyse Nelson (President and CEO of Vital Voices).
Below are the female recipients of the Gucci Tribeca Film Fund and all the honorees of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award.
2014 Recipients of the Gucci Tribeca Film Fund (Descriptions are courtesy of the Tribeca Film Institute.)
2014 Recipients of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award
Awakening – Directed by Gini Reticker; Produced by Beth Levison. Against the backdrop of the Arab uprisings, Awakening — a multimedia initiative anchored by a documentary film — tells the stories of five fearless women from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who risk everything in their fight for human rights for all, despite flagrant efforts to silence them.
India’s Daughter – Directed and Produced by Leslee Udwin. This documentary pays tribute to the remarkable and inspiring short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in 2012. It also examines the mindset of the perpetrators, and it sets these specifics against a wider in-depth exploration of why rape happens.
The Storm Makers – Written and Directed by Guillaume Suon; Produced by Rithy Panh and Julien Roumy. Filmmaker Guillaume Suon turns his cinematic lens on globalization and contemporary Cambodia.