(Pictured above: Terence Nance and Lyric R. Cabral, winners of the 10th Annual Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards, with Time Warner’s Dan Osheyack, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at left and Philip Sanchez, Associate Director, Philanthropic Initiatives at right / Photo Credit: Sasithon Pooviriyakul)

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the winners of the 10th Annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards presented by the Time Warner Foundation at a ceremony last week in downtown Manhattan (see photo below). Selected by a jury of industry professionals, the Creative Promise Awards honor one documentary and one narrative film from filmmakers currently participating in the Tribeca All Access program. This year’s winning films, the documentary, (T)ERROR, and the narrative, The Lobbyists were selected based on the strength of their vision and filmmaking promise. Each of the two winning filmmakers will receive a $10,000 grant to help bring their films to completion. Time Warner’s own Philip Sanchez was on hand to present the awards to the filmmakers.


(The 10th Annual Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards ceremony, held at MEGU in New York City / Photo Credit: Jenna Bascom)

The Time Warner Foundation is a longtime supporter of Tribeca All Access, whose mission is to foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. Each year, TFI provides five documentaries and five narrative films in all stages of production with a $15,000 grant, access to film industry contacts, and year-round support through the Tribeca All Access program.

Filmmaker Senain Kheshgi was accepted into the Tribeca All Access program in 2005 for her documentary, Project Kashmir. “There’s a real genuine feeling of a family…To know you’ve got these allies out there is huge,” she says of her experience working with TFI and Time Warner Foundation.

Tribeca All Access connected Senain to Claire Aguilar of Independent Television Service (ITVS), a company that funds, presents, and promotes documentaries and dramas on public television. The meeting was a huge turning point. ITVS reached out to her and asked that she stop applying for grants; they wanted to fund her entire film. Project Kashmir would later premiere on PBS in 2010. This year, Senain saw her latest project, The Diplomat, screen at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“I really feel like [Tribeca All Access] launched my career,” Senain says.

The Tribeca Film Institute toasted the 10th Anniversary of the Tribeca All Access program at a cocktail party last Friday at Arena in midtown Manhattan. Current TAA participants and alumni joined in the festivities.

2013 Creative Promise Award Winners:
The Lobbyists (Narrative)
A conman with no past and a former CIA agent join forces to “lobby” politicians by blackmailing them into voting for progressive legislation. Directed by Terence Nance and produced by Chanelle Pearson and Andrew Corkin.

(T)ERROR (Documentary)
(T)ERROR captures the spectacular unraveling of an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation, and the dramatic aftermath that occurs when the target of the investigation realizes that a government informant is setting him up. Directed and produced by Lyric R. Cabral and David F. Sutcliffe.