June 14, 2013

Famous Gucci and luxury conglomerate Kering support independent documentaries, together with The Tribeca Film Institute

Disruption, directed by Pamela Yates, produced by Paco de Onis. One of the winners of the Spotlight Women Documentary Award.

Disruption, directed by Pamela Yates, produced by Paco de Onis. One of the winners of the Spotlight Women Documentary Award.

Gucci and The Tribeca Film Institute have just announced the list of grantees for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund 2013.

It is already in its sixth year and having reached a total of 45 supported film productions, the fund created by Gucci has offered production and finishing finances, year-round support and guidance for storytelling centred on critical issues of social significance from around the world. Over the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund’s already substantial history, numerous of its grantee documentaries have been included among previous years’ Academy Award Nominees, while the relevance of the stories and ideas they have this way placed at the centre of genuine international debates, true sparks of change, cannot be underestimated.

This year, the 9 winning productions – touching on subjects such as the business behind the international arms trade, the complexities of U.S. national security and its impact on civil liberties and the continued fight for the rights of gay Americans – have been selected from among 500 candidates from 60 world countries. Among the members of the jury deliberating over the awarding of the total USD 100 000 grant have also been Olivia Wilde and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith sees it like a tremendously enlightening experience. And Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director, says that ’’We continue to be inspired by the filmmakers and the stories we are able to support through the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Film has the power to bring greater awareness and understanding to critical subjects from around the world.’’

Giannini’s thoughts, as well as the Spotlight Women Documentary Award – worth USD 50 000 – offered by The Kering Foundation speaks volumes on the complexity of the commitment they and Gucci have taken with the women of the world, commitment most recently having taken new life through the Chime for Change global initiative.

Tribeca Film Institute is, of course, a nonprofit organisation started by Robert De Niro offering resources supporting the activity of independent artists within the film industry.

 

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Photo sources: Gucci, Tribeca Film Institute, Chime for Change, vimeo.com