U.S. distributor The Orchard has been unveiled as the presenting partner for the Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Documentary Fund.
The fund provides grants and direction to feature-length documentary projects that detail a unique perspective on contemporary themes and are in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production.
“TFI Documentary Fund has supported some of the most original, engaging, and important non-fiction films of the past few years,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard’s director of acquisitions, in a statement. “We are excited to be partnering with them to help shepherd new, unforgettable stories crafted by talented filmmakers into the world, through both funding and distribution to audiences across a variety of channels.”
Along with a monetary grant that ranges from US$25,000 to US$50,000, the new partnership will provide grantees with direct avenues for distribution on multiple platforms, with grantees given the opportunity to meet with The Orchard staff to discuss the potential for exclusivity agreements for North American theatrical and/or digital distribution. As well, each 2015 grantee selected will receive continual year-round guidance from TFI and The Orchard.
Submissions for the 2015 TFI Documentary Fund will open June 15 and close August 3.
“We continue to be impressed with the projects that come from the TFI Documentary Fund grantees, and we’re committed to giving them the opportunity to develop and exhibit their work. We are thrilled to be working with The Orchard, whose team is dedicated to bold storytelling,” added Ryan Harrington, VP of artist programs at TFI.
Since launching in 2011, the fund has supported nearly 40 projects that include Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, Crystal S. Moselle’s The Wolfpack and Maite Alberdi’s Tea Time.