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.

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 2014, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund offered grants totaling $150,000. Nine projects from 560 submissions from 50 countries were selected by a jury consisting of Claire Aguilar (Executive Content Advisor for Independent Television Service - ITVS); actor and producer Alec Baldwin; producer & director Ross Kauffman (E-TEAM, Born Into Brothels); multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and partner in Get Lifted Film Co. John Legend and Alyse Nelson (President and CEO of Vital Voices). The committee chose the recipients from finalists selected by TFI. 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 and enter the marketplace in the best possible position.

The Spotlighting Women Documentary Award annually provides grants to 2-5 film projects that illuminate the courage, compassion, extraordinary strength of character, and contributions of women from around the world.

See 2014 grantees.


The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2015 or 2016. 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.


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.