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TFI Documentary Fund Grant Deadline 11/05

Posted on October 08, 2013

The TFI Documentary Fund furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. This fund allows TFI to fund many audience-grabbing genres that fall under the documentary umbrella including arts, sports, hybrid and experimental projects.

In 2014, the TFI Documentary Fund will provide grants totaling $160,000—including theTFI/ESPN Prize—to outstanding feature documentaries that aim to give audiences a unique glimpse of captivating personal stories.


September 5, 2013 – Submissions Open

November 5, 2013 – Submissions Close


There is no entry to apply for the TFI Documentary Fund.


For additional information about the TFI Documentary Fund, please visit: https://tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/tfi_documentary_about

Contact: documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org or 212.274.8080 x28.

With topics ranging from an exorcism to gay illegal aliens to an artist named Peaches and finally Hollywood veteran's influence on minor league baseball, this year's recipients are all in various stages of development through post-production and are from diverse filmmaker from around the globe. 

With this fund, TFI looks for films that specifically sit outside of the social-issue landscape by painting a dynamic portrait of compelling individuals and uplifting stories. By playfully engaging in these unexplored perspectives, TFI seeks to spotlight the journey of the individual.

Submissions must be feature-length documentaries with an intended length of at least 70 minutes and should creatively document unique character(s).

Submissions can be in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production (TFI/ESPN Prize projects excluded), but must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly or have been distributed in theatres or via the Internet prior to February 2014.
Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight character, unique access and storytelling ability.
Foreign language documentaries are eligible, but must be subtitled and suitable for an American audience.
Applicants must be over 18-years old.
Student films and documentary short films are not eligible for submission.
Applicants will be notified by February 2014 whether their films are awarded funding or not.


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