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Tribeca announce new finishing fund for documentaries.

by Amber Wilkinson

The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci have launched a fund to offer finishing funds and post-production guidance to independent film-makers in need of cash "that promote social change and illuminate issues in need of comprehensive coverage currently missing from mainstream media".

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide grants totaling $80,000 to a minimum of three filmmakers in 2008 and will be administered by the Tribeca Film Institute. Recipients will be selected by the Tribeca Film Institute along with Gucci and a selection committee of documentary filmmakers, to be announced at a later date.

Co-chairman of the Tribeca Film Institute Board, Jane Rosenthal said: "It is our hope this new fund will not only aid filmmakers in completing compelling documentaries but propel those stories into the mainstream."

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is open to documentary filmmakers who have projects in production or postproduction.

Filmmakers will be required to submit a proposal along with a trailer, scene assemblage or rough-cut. Submissions open on February 5, 2008 and must be postmarked by April 11th, 2008. Additional details can be found at www.tribecafilminstitute.org.

Recipients will be announced in the summer of 2008.

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