About the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.

More than half of the projects supported will spotlight the lives of women and youth around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures and the world. 

In 2015 and 2016, AOL Charitable Foundation provided additional support to the Fund for films that highlighted women and young adults’ lives and the ways in which they worked for social change.

In addition to funding, grantees will each receive year-round support from TFI, including one-on-one guidance and consultation, helping each film to reach completion, enter the marketplace, and find the broadest possible audience.

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As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of world affairs, domestic issues and social conflicts, the documentary has become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to the serious issues facing our world today. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points-of-view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the internet.


In 2016, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provided seven grants totaling $150,000. The grantees were selected by a jury comprised of: filmmaker Sharmeen  Obaid-Chinoy (SAVING FACE, A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS), Producer DEDE GARDNER(THE BIG SHORT, THE NORMAL HEART, 12 YEARS A SLAVE), SIMON KILMURRY (Executive Director, International Documentary Association), Actor Josh Lucas (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, AMERICAN PSYCHO), Dyllan McGee (McGee Media & Founder and Executive Producer, MAKERS). The jury chose the seven recipients from finalists selected by TFI.

The 2016 grantees showcase a variety of world affairs, domestic issues, and social conflicts, including: the recent Malheur Refuge standoff in Oregon; a group of immigrants’ attempts to be deported to Mexico; a woman fighting to be in the Palestinian Security Force; and a marital counseling center in India. 

See 2016 grantees


The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2017 or 2018. Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today told in a humanizing, illuminating way. We are looking for films which challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter but also in form. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and should resonate with a wide audience.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will look for applicants whose stories: explore the biggest issues impacting women and youth; highlight the extraordinary ways they are overcoming these challenges; celebrate the acts of courage, compassion and strength that are driving change; showcase using innovation for good; and honor and salute women leaders who are making a difference.


For more information about the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, please visit our Rules and Regulations and FAQs, or contact us at contact us at documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org or 212.274.8080 x28.