Tribeca gives transmedia grants

Selected project to receive funds

Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit that is loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, has tapped six multi-platform, “transmedia” projects to receive a total of $400,000 for its second annual round of grants from the TFI New Media Fund.

The fund, presented in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s Just Films Initiative, is part of Tribeca’s larger overall push into the arena of storytelling that extends beyond the movie screen, with the festival recently announcing it would inaugurate a fest award for transmedia titles. Recipients of the fund support are interactive, nonfiction transmedia projects.

Among the works to score coin are “Alma, a Tale of Violence,” a Web and tablet presentation of the confessions of a Guatamalan gang member; “Immigrant Nation,” a multifaceted look at immigration that incorporates a doc film and user-generated content; and “Laika’s Adventures,” which encourages problem solving and social change among children, teachers and others.

Roundaing out the list of recipients are “New Day New Standard,” a public art project advocating for workers’ rights; “Hollow,” an interactive look at rural American life; and “Question Bridge,” which aims to foster discussion among black men.

Projects will receive between $50,000 and $100,000 each, as well as ongoing developmental support from Tribeca.

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