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Supporting filmmakers who are delving into the medium of transmedia, the Tribeca Film Institute has currently opened submissions for its TFI New Media Fund.

Seeking non-fiction, social issue media projects that are integrated across multiple platforms, four to eight projects will be accepted to receive $50,000 – $100,000 in funding. According to the TFI website, the fund is dedicated to nurture “projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.” Eligible projects can be non-fiction or scripted as long as it’s based on a true story and is content that crosses multiple media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. See rules and regulations.

Talking to TFI executive director Beth Janson about the TFI New Media Fund before this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, she told me allowing for capital to flow into indie film in terms of new media is important. “Most of the work that’s being funded right now in the realm of transmedia is market driven,” she says. “So I think we need to be funding more of those independent works outside of the commercial realm, and not just funding the work but trying to create a place where we can have best practices.”

Submission deadline is May 25. Learn more about the TFI New Media Fund.

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