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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund helps enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community. In 2016, the Fund was renewed with an additional $1.25 million CAD, bringing the total investment to $2.35 million.

The Fund provides development grants of up to $10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.

In addition to financing, the Fund provides a peer-to-peer mentorship program where grantees may team up with international production partners to bring their projects to international markets, festivals, broadcast and online audiences. Additionally, grantees will have travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab.

To date, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has awarded funding to 48 projects from 19 countries.

"In Egypt we say to people with big dreams that "the road to Rome starts with a single step." For my film Nasser it was the Blue Ice Fund that gave me the means to embark on that first single step!"

Jihan El-Tahri, Director

How to Apply

Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa and are also living and working in the region.

Applications open June 7, 2017.

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Recipient Highlights

In addition to funding, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund offers valuable resources to support professional development, including attendance at the Hot Docs Festival, Durban International Film Festival and Durban FilmMart. View all recipients in our archives.


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