The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci announced today the nine recipients of their Documentary Fund. Now in its sixth year, the Fund provides production and finishing finances to documentary filmmakers from around the world with feature-length films that tackle critical social issues. Nine films have been selected out of the 500 submissions from 60 countries, receiving a total of $150,000 in funds.
The films this year come from a group of filmmakers that reflect an expansive range of experience. Established directors such as Marshall Curry ("Run and Gun") and DA Pennebaker & Chris Hagedus ("Unlocking The Cage") are a few of this year's recipients. Others include the emerging talents of Jeremy Williams ("On a Knife Edge"), Johan Grimonprez ("The Shadow World"), James Spione ("Silenced"), and Ryan White & Ben Cotner ("Perry v. Schwarzenegger"). The range of subject matter presented in these projects is just as varied, covering issues such as the libyan revolution, gay marriage, the international arms trade, and animal rights.
For the third year, The Kering Foundation has joined with the Fund to present the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award. The three winning projects are by Pamela Yates ("Disruption"), Beth Murphy ("What Tomorrow Brings"), and Andreas Dalsgaard, Nicolas Servide & Viviana Gomez ("Democrazy"). The award highlights films that illustrate the contributions of women from around the world.