'May in the Summer'
'May in the Summer'

The Tribeca Film Institute’s first-ever artist program – Tribeca All Access -- is celebrating its 10th Annual program with 11 new projects (highlighted below) and a TAA Celebration on April 26, during the Tribeca Film Festival. A total of $150,000 in grants will be awarded to filmmakers.

TAA will support each project with an initial $15,000 grant as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources for emerging and established filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities to help advance their projects toward completion. Selections were programmed by Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming, and Tamir Muhammad, Director of Feature Programming.

“When we founded TAA it was with a mission of amplifying the voices of artists who were not being heard,” said Beth Janson, Executive Director of TFI. “Ten years later, we are proud to have remained true to that mission and developed a tight-knit community of talented filmmakers.”

Ten filmmakers with unfinished projects were selected out of 560 submissions from across the country to participate in the 2013 program.  One additional project was selected to participate through TAA’s six-year partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). TAA will present the six narratives and five documentaries—at a three-day career-development program from April 22-24, during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, April 17-28. 

 Two projects will be selected as recipients of the juried Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards, presented by the Time Warner Foundation and recognized at a ceremony on April 24. Selected by a jury of industry professionals the two awards will each provide an additional $10,000 grant to one documentary and one feature project.

This year TFI will also launch the TFI Professional Partnership, a new initiative that will continue TFI's support of their grantees, including those involved with TAA. The initiative will partner leading companies with a pool of talented filmmakers seeking ways to translate their skills into other areas such as television, web, marketing, and education. The TFI Professional Partnership will kick off with a professional development panel during the Festival.  After the panel each partnering company will select at least two grantees for further one-on-one development and consideration for their business needs. Partnering companies include NBC Universal and Warner Bros.

Since 2003, TAA has championed 227 films and over 500 filmmakers who identify as members of a minority group, such as: 2007 TAA alum Cherien Dabis, whose latest feature "May in Summer" played opening night at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Past TAA-supported films include titles and the full list of new projects is below: