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Citizen Minutes

For the Citizen Minutes project, Hot Docs is seeking applications to support short films that:

  • capture Canadian stories of people or groups who are actively involved in advancing social and cultural fabrics
  • seek to inspire viewers to become change agents in their own communities
  • explore (but are not limited to) themes such as resilience, healthy democracy, empathy, empowerment, and social equity

Hot Docs will be producing approximately ten short original documentaries in various styles. Aimed at inspiring engaged citizenship, with a focus on youth, the films will range from microdocs to shorts.

Selected projects will receive financial, production and post-production support to create and deliver the films, including potential mentorship. Hot Docs is the commissioner of the films and will own the copyright.

Hot Docs aims to be more diverse and inclusive and encourages directors who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and disabilities to apply.


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