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Hot Docs and documentary Channel are pleased to announce that eight emerging filmmakers from across the country have been awarded coveted spots in this year’s documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program, a new professional development initiative to foster the next generation of Canadian documentary talent. Selected from almost a hundred applicants, the eight participants will be provided with All-Access passes, round-trip travel to Toronto and accommodation at the 2015 Festival, taking place April 23 to May 3. They will also be provided with a customized conference itinerary and participate in specialized workshops and sessions focusing on storytelling, funding and producing, the art of pitching, and promotion and distribution. Afterwards, they will receive paid on-the-job skills training and mentorship with leading filmmakers in their hometowns.

“We are so pleased to be playing a role in supporting Canada’s emerging filmmakers and to provide them with the chance to attend big festivals like Hot Docs where they can connect with experienced professionals,” says Bruce Cowley, Creative Head, documentary Channel. “Canada has a rich history in the documentary field and this program plays a key role in supporting Canada’s next generation of creative documentarians.”

“Hot Docs is proud to be partnering with documentary Channel to offer emerging filmmakers a leg up as they enter the industry,” says Stephanie McArthur, Hot Docs’ industry programs manager. “It helps the participants secure their futures by providing them with crucial opportunities to meet with and learn from remarkably talented filmmakers from across Canada.”

The 2015 documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program participants are:

  • Émilie Beaulieu-Guérette (Montreal, QC)
  • Karen Chapman (Toronto, ON)
  • Andrea Conte (Ottawa, ON)
  • Vanessa Corkal (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Ashley Harms-Wiebe (Montreal, QC)
  • Luca Tarantini (Woodbridge , ON)
  • Laura Marie Wayne (Calgary, AB)
  • Melani Wood (Halifax, NS)

Thank you to the 2015 documentary Channel Doc Accelerator jury: Susan Baker, Acting Production Executive, documentary Channel, Manager, Business & Rights, CBC; Lizanne Rouillard, Vice President, Filmoption International; Lisa Jackson, Filmmaker; and Stephanie McArthur, Industry Programs Manager, Hot Docs.

Hot Docs and documentary Channel also thank the 2014 Mentors who have worked closely throughout the year with the 2014 documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program participants for their time, experience and generosity: Nicholas de Pencier; Helen Doyle; Kevin Eastwood; Merit Jensen Carr; Noura Kevorkian; Nimisha Mukerji; Patrick Reed; and John Walker.


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 22nd annual edition from April 23 to May 3, 2015. An outstanding selection of 210 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.

About documentary Channel documentary Channel ( is a digital television station devoted to showing the best documentaries from Canada and around the world. With its special emphasis on feature-length films, watching documentary is like having a cinema in your own living room, showing award-winning films 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Patrycja Cieniewicz
Publicity & Promotions Coordinator, Hot Docs
Phone: 416-203-2155 x 292

Corey Black, News and Current Affairs Publicist, CBC
416.205.8710 (office)/647.221.4133 (mobile)

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