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At Pond5, we believe that every artist deserves to make a sustainable living, and we're proud to provide a platform where creative work can flourish. That's why we’ve partnered with the Tribeca Film Institute to develop a comprehensive program that provides grants, mentorship and education to underrepresented filmmakers.

Donate today and Pond5 will match your donation.*

Tribeca Film Institute Pond5 Program


Awarded 3x per year to underrepresented filmmakers.


Opportunities to learn from established filmmakers.


Panels, workshops, and events to help filmmakers advance.

Exclusive Opportunities for Aspiring Filmmakers

Meet the Newest Grantees

The second round of grantees will receive funding or mentorship to help finish their projects and get closer to achieving their visions. Learn More

Erika Cohn

Belly of the Beast

Zoe Miranda

Blue Hour

Matt Fifer


Rosie Westhoff

Our Sister

Elegance Bratton

Pier Kids

Michéle Stephenson

For Moraime

Rita Baghdadi


Submissions Are Now Open

All applicants will be considered for grants and exclusive mentorship opportunities via the Tribeca Film Institute. As you plan your submission, here are some tips to improve your odds of being selected:

  • Originality of concept, clarity of narrative, and impact of funding are key judging criteria.

  • Visual references are particularly helpful to our judging panel. Provide links to any clips, work in progress, or finished materials. Ensure that all included links work.

  • Be specific with your funding request. Breaking down how much you need by line item (scouting, production, etc.) provides valuable insight into how funds can be allocated.

Submissions close on September 9, 2019

About TFI

The Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.

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"Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tribeca Film Institute as a grantee, mentor – and now as a board member. It’s been an honor and a privilege to pass on the knowledge I have accrued and to support the next generation of bold storytellers.”

- Roger Ross Williams, Director and Producer

"With Tribeca Film Institute, I have funding to support my film. The support also means that I have mentorship and that I have people that really believe in my project and believe in my work. In my career as a filmmaker, this support has been huge."

- Jacqueline Olive, Filmmaker

Your Donation Will Help the Future of Film

Through your tax-deductible donation to the Tribeca Film Institute Pond5 Program, you’ll be helping support filmmakers without easy access to the tools, mentors, and knowledge they need to bring their work to life. Better yet, donate today and Pond5 will match your donation.*

*Pond5 will match donations up to $150,000 per year. Terms and Conditions.