The Institute also announced the inaugural TFI/ESPN Prize, an extension of the Fund that will award an annual grant of $30,000 to a work-in-progress documentary that integrates “sports, competition and athleticism” into the story.
The TFI Documentary Fund received 500 submissions from more than 45 countries and selected 11 film-makers to receive a total of $160,000 in grants towards their documentaries.
The recipient of the inaugural TFI/ESPN Prize is The Battered Bastards Of Baseball, directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way and produced by Juliana Lembi.
Five grants will be awarded to:
- The Arrivals (Las Llegadas), directed by Heidi Ewing and produced by Rachel Grady;
- The Battle With Satan, directed by Konrad Szolajski and produced by Ewa Zukowska;
- Peaches Goes Bananas, directed and produced by Marie Losier and produced by Martin Marquet;
- Wind On The Moon, directed by Seung-Jun Yi and produced by Min-Chul Kim;
- The Wonderful Kingdom Of Papa Alaev, directed and produced by Noam Pinchas and Tal Barda.
Four grants will be awarded to films in various stages of production:
- Art And Craft, directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman;
- Garnet’s Gold, directed by Ed Perkins and produced by Simon Chinn;
- The New Czar, directed by Alejandro Alvarez and Ulrik Wivel and executive produced by Talal Al-Muhanna;
- Teatro, directed and produced by Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen.
The only grant awarded to a film in post-production is One In A Billion, directed by Geeta V Patel and Ravi Patel and produced by Patel and Janet Eckholm.