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Tribeca unveils New Media Fund recipients

Six interactive non-fiction transmedia projects awarded a total of $400,000.

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the grant recipients for the 2013 TFI New Media Fund.

In partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative, the six interactive non-fiction transmedia projects from around the world were awarded between $50,000 and $100,000 apiece with funding effective immediately. Total funding equalled $400,000.

The recipients will also take part in regular peer-to-peer meetings and a lab focused on interactive storytelling to help them develop their projects and build engagement with audiences.

Selected from a pool of 285 submissions, the projects selected are as follows:

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

American Promise
Key participants: Michèle Stephenson & Joe Brewster

Use of Force Protocol
Key participants: Nonny de la Peña

Jurors included Vimeo creative director Jeremy Boxer, Games for Change co-president Michelle Byrd, REV executive director Marisa Jahn, 2over10 Media for PBS Frontline producer Tom Jennings, Creators Project global editor Julia Kaganskiy and MIT Open Documentary Lab director Sarah Wolozin.

Ingrid Kopp, director of digital initiatives, commented: “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.

“We are very proud to be supporting all these projects and to be able to continue to support the growth of interactive storytelling.”

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