New coin for documentaries

Tribeca teams with HBO for fund

Tribeca Film Institute has added a fund to its pool of grants and fellowships for filmmakers. With help from HBO, the TFI Documentary Fund will provide more than $100,000 for “engaging, character-driven documentaries.”

Fund will have three recipients, awarding projects that feature a filmmaker’s personal story, an “extraordinary character-driven story” and a feature-length doc by a first-time filmmaker.

Non-profit organization expects to grant more than $500,000 through 2011. Existing grants support filmmakers from underrepresented communities, films concerning science, math and technology and filmmakers who are from or work in Latin America.

Doc grant is intended as the first edition of an annual award.

Created by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the institute marks its 10th anniversary next year, when the Tribeca Film Fest opens on April 20.

Submissions for TFI funds opened Wednesday, with an early submission deadline of Nov. 8 and a final submission deadline of Dec. 8.