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Tribeca New Media Fund grantees include Lance Weiler

A total of $400,000 was given to six projects.

The Tribeca Film Institute and the Ford Foundation’s Just Films Initiative have announced the recipients of the 2012 TFI New Media Fund grant. The fund was created to support non-fiction film projects that use interactivity, transmedia and multi-platform content to further explore their subjects.

Six projects from the US and around the world have been awarded between $50,000 and $100,000 each, with funding effective immediately. In addition to receiving financial support, grantees will also take part in regular peer-to-peer meetings and a lab to help further develop their projects and build engagement with audiences.

The projects receiving the grants, which totaled $400,000, are:

  • Alma, A Tale of Violence - Key Participants: Miquel Dewever-Plana, Isabelle Fougère, Hugues Micol, Sebastien Brothierd 
  • Immigrant Nation - Key Participants: Theo Rigby, Kate Mclean
  • Laika’s Adventure - Key Participants: Lance Weiler, Janine Saunders
  • New Day New Standard - Key Participants: Anjum Asharia, Abdulai Bah, Leo Burd, Sasha Constanza-Chock, Alexandra García, Becky Hurwitz, Marisa Jahn, Christine Yvette Lewis, Marc Shavitz
  • Hollow - Key Participants: Elaine McMillion, Jeff Soyk, Tricia Fulks, Eric Lovell, Michelle Miller, Megan Bowers
  • Question Bridge - Key Participants: Chris Johnson, Bayeté Ross-Smith, Kamal Sinclair, Hank Willis Thomas, Jesse Williams

“The Tribeca Film Institute is delighted to support a second round of interactive projects in partnership with the Ford Foundation,” said Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives. “This is such an exciting time to be exploring new kinds of storytelling and new methods of engaging audiences around issues of social justice. Together with events like TFI Interactive, this work is reframing what non-fiction storytelling can do to spark dialogue across disciplines, push narrative boundaries and reach new and diverse audiences. We congratulate the new recipients and look forward to working with them as they develop their projects.”

Added juror Frank Rose, “Thanks to TFI and the Ford Foundation, documentary filmmakers are getting the funding and direction they need to take their stories beyond the screen and into people’s lives. Welcome to the future of storytelling.”

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