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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has invested $2.35 million to enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their stories and contribute to the next generation of African documentary talent. To date, the Fund has awarded 60 projects from 20 countries.

The Fund provides development grants of up to 10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually. Each year, up to five funded projects are invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program, which includes private filmmaker labs at Hot Docs and the Durban FilmMart/Durban International Film Festival or other festivals and markets in Africa.

The Fund also collaborates with The New York Times—Op-Docs to commission shorts from African filmmakers to showcased on The Times’s Emmy® Award–winning online forum.


How to Apply

Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa who must also live and work in the region.

Applications are closed.

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Recipient Highlights

Amal (D: Mohamed Siam) is an official selection at IDFA 2017 and Hot Docs 2018 and Whispering Truth to Power (D: Shameela Seedat received the Special Jury Prize for International Documentary Feature at Hot Docs 2018. Other celebrated titles: The Sound of Masks (D: Sarah De Gouvian), Buddha of Africa (D: Nicole Schafer).

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