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SEVEN NEW RECIPIENTS OF SHAW MEDIA-HOT DOCS FUNDS ANNOUNCED

$180,000 IN COMPLETION GRANTS AND DEVELOPMENT LOANS AWARDED TO TOP CANADIAN DOC PROJECTS

Toronto, August 20, 2014 – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that seven projects have been chosen to receive a total of $180,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its thirteenth round of disbursements. Established in April of 2008, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund that aim to provide Canadian documentary filmmakers with much needed financial support at critical stages in their projects.

With these seven projects, a total of 127 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $2,909,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the second round of 2014 funding will open September 24, 2014. For further information on the application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit www.hotdocs.ca/shawmedia.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Original Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Steven Silver, Blue Ice Group.

Two completion grants totalling $120,000 were awarded to the following projects:

AMINA – A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS
Production Company: Esperamos (E2F FILM 1 INC)
Director: Sophie Deraspe
Producers: Isabelle Couture, Jean-Philippe Massicotte
Executive Producers: Michel St-Cyr, Hugo Latulippe, Guy Villeneuve

A love story between a Canadian and a Syrian-American during the Arab revolution turns into a socio-political thriller that examines media excesses and the thin line between truth and falsehood on the Internet.

BEAUTY AND RUIN
Production Company: Subject Chaser Films Inc.
Director: Marc de Guerre
Producers: Jeannette Loakman, Marc de Guerre

Creditors are eyeing the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection as a solution to the city’s debt, but is the cost of losing access to masterpieces worth it?

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Nick Crowe, Director, Original Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Amit Breuer, Founder and President, Amythos Media Inc.

Five no-interest loans totalling $60,000 were awarded to the following projects:

FORGOTTEN: THE FREEDOM PROJECT
Production Company: Sienna Films
Director: Michelle Latimer
Producers: Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny

Canada’s only female dangerous offender fights to reconcile the loss of her daughter while struggling to retain her humanity within the solitary confinement of prison.

SUMMERS IN THE BELT
Production Company: Moir Movies Entertainment Incorporated
Director: Andrew Moir
Producer: Diana Warmé

SUMMERS IN THE BELT is a coming of age story about a teenage boy who must decide if he will inherit his father’s tobacco farm or leave the farming life behind.

TEMPEST STORM
Production Company: Shot Glass Productions
Director: Nimisha Mukerji
Producers: Kaitlyn Regehr, Nimisha Mukerji
Executive Producers: Chuck Braverman, Danielle Colby

Girlfriend to Elvis, mistress to JFK, friend to Bettie Page, TEMPEST STORM follows the controversial story of America’s greatest living sex icon as she continues her search for unconditional love.

BLOOD & HONEY
Production Company: Zapruder Films Inc.
Director: Jared Raab
Producers: Matthew Miller, Victoria Lean

BLOOD & HONEY follows the whiskey-soaked journey of Canadian band July Talk, from relative obscurity to the edge of stardom. Relationships reach a boiling point in this potent mix of fame, ego and attraction.

THE CANADIANS
Production Company: Reed Media
Directors: Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard
Producers: Michelle Shephard, Patrick Reed

Russian spies who were deported from Canada in the 1990s struggle to return to Canada and reconcile their past with their present.

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Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 22nd annual edition from April 23 – May 3, 2015. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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Email: pcieniewicz@hotdocs.ca

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