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Tribeca Film Institute Announces Award Winners and Grantees

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Tribeca Film Institute Announces Award Winners and Grantees

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced this year’s program award winners and grantees. Two filmmakers have been honored by the Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Award; four directors won the Latin America Media Arts Fund; seven filmmakers were granted TAA alumni grants and fellowships; and four grantees will be supported by Insurgent Media for the first TFI Documentary Fund. In all, the winners were given $125,000 towards their projects.

Beth Janson, the Executive Director of the TFI, said the winners and grantees “are true examples of the incredible strength of films and talent resulting from the support of the TFI.” She added that the Institute hopes the films will be completed and “build strong relationships with audiences.”

Among the winners were director Dawn Porter’s ‘Gideon’s Army,” which was honored with the TAA Creative Promise Award for Documentary. Porter won $10,000 for her artistic vision and filmmaking promise.

Mexican director Alba Mora-Roca was one of the winners of the Latin America Media Arts Fund, for his film ‘Toys.’ The fund supports filmmakers who are living or working in Mexico, Central and South America. The winners will all receive $10,000 and guidance by the TFI.

‘When I Saw You,’ which was written and directed by Annemarie Jacir, was one of the winners of the TAA alumni program. Grants totaling $25,000 were given to the winners to either be put towards past TAA projects still in development or new projects.

The winners of the TFI Documentary Fund, which supports the production and distribution of thought-provoking film, include ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,’ which was directed by Ramona Diaz. The winners will each receive $10,000 in grants and guidance from the TFI on their films’ productions.

More information on the winners can be found at the TFI’s official website.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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