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The 2018 #CreateLouisiana Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) Travel Grant, supported by the New Orleans Film Society and the Tribeca Film Institute, will provide a $1,250 travel stipend for one Louisiana filmmaker to attend and participate in TFI Network presented by AT&T. TFI Network is a filmmaker / industry market hosted each year during the Tribeca Film Festival®. 

These market meetings provide an opportunity for filmmakers to meet and make valuable connections with industry executives, financiers, producers, marketers, and other key parties who can potentially help their projects. The recipient will also have access to panels, workshops, screenings, and other events during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Applications for this opportunity are currently closed. 

Read on to learn more about about the opportunity (eligibility, requirements, submission materials, meetings).



  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Applicants must apply with a specific project.

  • Must have assembled a team (director, producer, writer). The same person can hold multiple roles within this team.

  • At least one major team member (of writer/director/producer) must be an underrepresented filmmaker (women, people of color, LGBTQIA).

  • Director, producer, and writer must currently reside in the state of Louisiana and have lived in Louisiana for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting the application. You cannot apply if you are attending school full-time outside the state of Louisiana. 

  • Staff, board members, and interns of #CreateLouisiana and the New Orleans Film Society may not apply.

  • Undergraduate students are not eligible.

  • All potential applicants must be available October 13-15 to meet with TFI's Manager of Artist Programs Bryce Norbitz at the New Orleans Film Festival and must be able to attend TFI Network (will take place during the Tribeca Film Festival April 18-29; exact dates for TFI Network TBD).


  • Projects should be in advanced development through post-production. Films that have been completed / premiered are ineligible.

  • Projects must be feature-length narrative or documentary films to qualify.


Bryce Norbitz, TFI’s Manager of Artist Programs, will attend the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival. During her time at NOFF (October 13-15), she will meet with 12 finalists for the 2018 #CreateLouisiana TFI Travel Grant. The finalists will be selected from those who apply for this opportunity. 

Applicants should understand that the purpose of these meetings is two-fold: (1) to pitch one specific project for a potential invitation to attend TFI Network and (2) to explore the full gamut of TFI Artist Programs with Ms. Norbitz. Each finalist will receive an All Access pass to attend the New Orleans Film Festival (unless the finalist has already received a complimentary pass granted for work screening at NOFF). Finalists should come to their meetings with a prepared pitch (less than 10 minutes) to share with TFI.

From these pitch meetings, Ms. Norbitz will select one recipient for the #CreateLouisiana TFI Travel Grant. The recipient will receive a stipend of $1,250, supported by the New Orleans Film Society, to cover travel and lodging expenses to attend the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (April 18-29) along with a TFF pass and a chance to be part of the market. The grant recipient will be announced at the 2017 NOFF Awards Ceremony on October 15.


Applications open:  August 31

Submission deadline:  September 27 (11:59 PM CST)

Finalists announced:  October 1

Meetings with Bryce Norbitz:  October 13-15

Attend TFI Network:  Exact dates TBD (during Tribeca Film Festival April 18-29)


The deadline for applications is September 27, 2017, by 11:59 PM CST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted through #CreateLouisiana’s online grants platform here.


The following documentation is required (uploads should be in PDF format ONLY):

  • a completed application form

  • brief bios for the director, producer, and writer

  • one résumé (not to exceed two pages) for the applicant director (include film school or industry training and a full list of previous production credits – indicate any that are student films)

  • one résumé (not to exceed two pages) for the producer(s) with a full list of previous production credits

  • one résumé (not to exceed two pages) for the writer(s) with a full list of previous writing credits

  • a logline (< 25 words)

  • a synopsis of the project (< 400 words)

  • director's work sample or reel (committee will only watch 10 minutes)

  • articulation of how an opportunity to attend TFI Network and the Tribeca Film Festival aligns with the applicant’s professional goals and aims for this project

  • all potential applicants must be available October 13-15 to meet with Bryce Norbitz and must be able to attend TFI Network (April TBD)




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