The Tribeca Film Institute and Ford Foundations’ JustFilms have named six grant recipients, including The Yes Men are Revolting (pictured), to be awarded a total US$400,000 from the TFI New Media Fund.
The non-fiction, multi-platform projects were selected from 285 submissions, and each aims to activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality.
Funding is effective immediately, with each project awarded between $50,000 and $100,000. The grantees will also participate in peer-to-peer meetings and a lab on interactive storytelling.
The recipients are:
Chasing the Sun
Key participants: Paul Shoebridge, Michael Simons (The Goggles)
The Yes Men are Revolting
Key participants: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix, Mary Notari, The Public Society, Glocal
Who is Dayani Cristal?
Key participants: Gael Garcia Bernal, Marc Silver, Lina Srivastava
This is My Backyard (Logs of War)
Key participants: Anjali Nayar, Jude Mwenda, Andrew Hill, Daniel Burwen, Leonardo Bonanni
Key participants: Michèle Stephenson & Joe Brewster
Use of Force Protocol
Key participants: Nonny de la Peña
The jury included Vimeo’s creative director Jeremy Boxer, Games for Change’s co-president Michelle Byrd, REV’s executive director Marisa Jahn, 2over10 Media producer Tom Jennings, Creators Project global editor Julia Kaganskiy, and MIT Open Documentary Lab’s director Sarah Wolozin.
“We are now in the third year of the Fund and it has been hugely rewarding to see the field of interactive storytelling evolve over that time,” said Ingrid Kopp, TFI director of digital initiatives.
“These six projects cover topics from all over the world, from the fate of the Arctic to natural resource extraction in Africa to immigration stories within our own borders, but what is really exciting about all this work is how differently the creative teams bring together stories and technology to engage audiences and create impact in the world.”