The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and fashion house Gucci have selected eight documentary projects to receive grants from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, with Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda (pictured) and Berit Madsen’s Stargazing among the projects chosen for backing.
The Fund, now in its fifth year, provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to documentary filmmakers with feature films “highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world.” The eight projects were selected from 697 submissions from 56 countries, and will receive a total of US$150,000.
The projects that will collectively receive $100,000 total in funding for the 2012 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund are E-Team, from directors Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman; God Loves Uganda from Williams; First to Fall from Rachel Anderson; Two Children of the Red Mosque, from Hemal Trivedi; and Mercy Mercy from Katrine W Kjaer, the latter of which pitched at the 2011 IDFA Forum in Holland.
The funding for Williams’ God Loves Uganda is the latest installment in support of the film, which journeys into the heart of East Africa to look at Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts as they attempt to spread evangelical values.
The project received Sundance Institute funding in 2010 and 2011, and was the recipient of a Tribeca All Access OnTrack grant earlier this year. Williams previously directed the Oscar-winning doc Music by Prudence.
In addition, the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity & Rights has for the second year joined the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund to present the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award.
Three projects that “illuminate the courage, compassion, extraordinary strength of character, and contributions of women from around the world, including Iran, Timor-Leste and Nigeria,” have been chosen to collectively receive a total of $50,000 in funding.
The projects are Alias Ruby Blade, from director Alex Meillier, The Supreme Price, from Joanna Lipper, and Stargazing (working title) from Berit Madsen. The latter film was pitched by Madsen at the IDFA Forum last year under the title Break of Dawn, as previously reported.
The eight projects were selected by a jury consisting of Marshall Curry, Jesse Dylan, James Franco, Barbara Kopple, Andrea Meditch, and Robin Wright.
“Over the past four years, alumni projects of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund have gone on not only to receive artistic and critical recognition from around the world, but also to inspire and impact change through the social justice issues within the stories they are telling,” said TFI director of documentary programming Ryan Harrington.
“We are proud of their success and look forward to helping this year’s filmmakers finish and bring awareness to their films.”
Meditch added: “It was difficult to choose from among such a strong group of projects, but those we selected for the 2012 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and the Spotlighting Women Awards feature strong, engaging characters and an intimate style to tell stories that illuminate the remarkable range of human struggle and triumph around the world.”