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Production Funds

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund. In nurturing Canadian talent and giving voice to a diversity of viewpoints, the Funds will ultimately help Canadian documentaries reach new audiences and much-needed financial support to filmmakers facing financing gaps at critical stages in their projects. Hot Docs will manage and disperse the Funds’ benefit monies over a seven-year period.

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The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a $1-million production fund will provide financial support to independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries, with the goal of helping to increase the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund will be administered by Hot Docs and disbursements will be made over the next five years.


The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that aims to foster storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. The Fund supports the work of filmmakers from within these communities rather than those looking in from the outside. It prioritizes emerging filmmakers who can illustrate a relationship between the film’s subject and their own experience.

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