The selected film-makers and their projects stand to receive a total of $80,000 in grants. They are: Andrew Berends (Delta Boys), Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman (If A Tree Falls), Beadie Finzi (Vida Ballet), Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom (Sons Of Perdition), Ian Olds (The Fixer), Laura Poitras (Release), and Martin Syjuco and Michael Collins (Give Up Tomorrow).
Fund administrators considered a pool of 450 applicants from 28 countries. The Tribeca Film Institute will administer the grants, which offer post-production guidance to film-makers whose feature-length documentaries promote social change and explore topics that fall outside the remit of mainstream media.
John Battsek, Gael Garcia Bernal, Alex Gibney, Jacquie Jones, Rory Kennedy, Diego Luna, Albert Maysles and Diane Weyermann comprised the selection committee and whittled down a shortlist of 12 finalists chosen by the Institute.
'All of the selected films are distinguished by their intimate access to their subjects, and the attention to detail being shown in crafting their stories,' the Institute's CEO Brian Newman said. 'It's a terrific group and we are delighted to welcome these film-makers into the Tribeca fold.