Seven projects, selected from a total of 208 submissions, have been selected by the Tribeca Film Institute as the 2014 TFI Media Fund grant recipients. The fund also announced that moving forward, it will be accepting submissions twice a year.
The TFI Media Fund supports cross-platform, interactive nonfiction projects that tackle a wide range of social and political issues. Each project receives between $50,000 and $100,000 and this year, for the first time, the fund will extend its support beyond fully developed projects and has included two projects that require development — "The Enemy" and "Single Rwandan Looking for Serious Relationship" — among the 2014 grant recipients.
"Gideon’s Army" director and producer Dawn Porter, who served as a juror this year, praised the Tribeca Film Institute for its work on the frontier of new media. "The projects selected for funding address some of the most challenging socio-political issues in our societies, but this work represents something more," she said. "The stunning creativity and use of innovative media tools to illuminate, educate and create social change is a testament to the power of art to encourage change. This is what the Tribeca Film Institute does so well. Empowering creative minds around the world also empowers all of us as we are inspired not only to think about the world’s problems, but about the possible solutions. We have great faith that this work will inspire the next generation of change-makers."
To view the full list of projects receiving grants this year, take a look below. The next round of submissions for the TFI Media Fund opens on September 5. For more information, you can visit the fund’s individual page on the Tribeca Film Institute website. Read more about the seven projects below (descriptions courtesy of TFI):
An interactive, evolutive and participative documentary program investigating online tracking and how data mining and the personalization of the Internet affect us and our worldview.
"THE OAKLAND FENCE PROJECT"
Key participants: Wendy Levy, Chris Johnson, Eric Doversberger
A large-scale interactive photography exhibit and website designed to unite and activate Oakland; each image comes to life through an augmented reality app that triggers video stories, music and embedded data, enabling real and virtual audiences anywhere to create, volunteer, buy, learn and connect.
Key participants: Ram Devineni, Lina Srivastava
A mortal woman and the Goddess Parvati fight against gender-based sexual violence in India and around the world in this layered storytelling project and augmented reality comic book, supporting the movement against patriarchy, misogyny, and indifference through love, creativity, and solidarity.
Key participants: Rosemarie Lerner, Maria Court
Inspired by the Quipu, the knotted thread communication system of the Inca Empire, this interactive documentary bridges the digital divide, connecting phones to the web to collect and share first-hand accounts of people affected by Peru’s unconsented sterilization policy, which targeted more than 300,000 people.
"THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: CAPITALISM VS. THE CLIMATE"
Key participants: Katie McKenna, Avi Lewis, Michael Premo, Alex Kelly
Forget everything you think you know about climate change. The truth is that it’s not just about carbon—it’s about capitalism. Inspired by the new book by Naomi Klein, "THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING" offers a transformative vision of what climate change can do for us: provide the galvanizing urgency to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better. The project’s interactive platform will invite and facilitate real-world participation, reflecting how the ideas behind "THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING" are being brought to life around the world: on the front lines of social movements, through an emerging ‘next economy’ built on environmental and economic justice principles, and in classrooms, media and art.
Key participants: Karim Ben Khelifa, Chloe Jarry
"THE ENEMY" challenges two combatants from opposite sides to observe each other. This project, at the crossroad between neurosciences, artificial Intelligence and storytelling, takes us on an extraordinary odyssey through some of the most contested conflicts of the world to acknowledge people’s humanity.
An interactive journey into the quest for love and resilience in Rwanda. This project enables the user to move from a series of interactive romantic short films on to an immersive website to explore the geography of love in Rwanda.