The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has launched the TFI Documentary Fund presented by HBO, offering more than $100,000 in fellowships and grants for character-driven documentaries.

In addition to the TFI Documentary Fund, the Institute will continue to administer grants through three its three existing funds and expand the Tribeca All Access Program to encompass grants to all participating film-makers.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing grants totalling $100,000 to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanise topics of social significance. 

The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund will award up to $140,000 to support compelling narrative film-making that explores scientific, mathematic and technological themes.

The Tribeca All Access Program will continue to cultivate relationships between film-makers from traditionally underrepresented communities and film industry executives, and provide each 2011 participant with $10,000 in order to maximise the programme’s impact.

The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund will support innovative film and video artists working in narrative or documentary film and living in Mexico, Central and South America.

“For nearly a decade Tribeca Film Institute has been discovering and developing emerging independent filmmakers,” Tribeca Film Institute board co-chair Jane Rosenthal said. “We are privileged to be able to continue to nurture diverse and authentic stories and for the first time provide over a half a million dollars in funding, offering storytellers at every level the opportunity to advance their work.”