The Tribeca Film Festival is expanding its partnership with beer giant Heineken by establishing the Heineken Voces Grant, a new fund to support American Latino filmmakers.
The grant falls under the Tribeca Film Institute Latin American Media Fund and is designed to encourage Hispanic filmmakers to “redefine, invent, explore and create visions and stories that reflect their diverse cultures.” The grant will further the fund’s reach by supporting specifically American Latinos, not only Latin America-based talent.
“Through this partnership with Heineken we are able to address the needs of the thriving and talented community of American Latino filmmakers,” said Ryan Harrington, director of documentary programming at the Tribeca Film Institute.
“We look forward to helping the selected grantees by providing benefits that will include rough and fine cut screenings, notes session, buyer screenings and festival and distribution planning, among many other elements.”
Heineken USA and the Tribeca Film Institute will announce an open call for entries in the coming months. All submitted films will be screened and reviewed by a screening committee, who will narrow the selection to 10 finalists.
Heineken brand manager Carolyn Concepcion said: “Whether it is through music, art or film, we are proud to develop ways to help emerging talent realize their creative journey. We know there is a need for Hispanic talent in the U.S. to be given the opportunity to showcase and perfect their artistic creations.”
Grantees will be selected by the Tribeca Film Institute Latin American Media Fund selection committee and will receive one-on-one guidance and consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute, as well as funding to help their films reach completion and enter the marketplace in the best possible position.
Submissions for the 2012 grant will be accepted from this September via tribecafilminstitute.org – grantees will need to currently be in production on a feature-length film.