Filmmakers score coin, support

Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit arts org affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, has handed out a round of grants to Latin American filmmakers while also announcing a new $20,000 prize to go to an African-American filmmaker.

TFI named four 2012 award winners for its Latin America Media Arts Fund, as well as a couple of recipients of its inaugural Voces grants.

The Latin American Media Arts Fund hands out $10,000 grants to Latin America-based filmmakers with projects in advanced stages of development or in post-production. Recipients this year included Francisco Herve for Chilean pic “City of the Caesars,” Claudio Araya Silva for Bolivian film “When the Dead Are Drier,” Brazil’s Ana Petra Costa for “Elena” and Alejo Hoijman for Argentine offering “The Shark’s Eye.”

Two projects score the Fund’s Voces kudo, awarded to Latino filmmakers living in the U.S. Grants went to doc “Las Marthas” from director-producer Cristina Ibarra and Diego Araujo’s narrative feature “Holiday.”

Heineken, which teams with TFI for the Voces grants, is also onboard the newly launched Affinity Award, which doles out $20,000 and year-round support to an African-American filmmaker drawn from a pool of industry-tapped nominees. First award will be handed out during the 2013 festival.

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