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ELEVEN NEW RECIPIENTS OF SHAW MEDIA-HOT DOCS FUNDS ANNOUNCED

$242,000 IN COMPLETION GRANTS AND DEVELOPMENT LOANS AWARDED TO TOP CANADIAN DOC PROJECTS

Toronto, July 27, 2011 – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that 11 projects have been chosen to receive a total of $242,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Documentary Funds in its seventh round of disbursements. The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds (formerly the Canwest-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.

“The selection committees were enticed by the range of engaging and innovative projects submitted by talented teams from across the country,” says Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, “and it is our pleasure to be able to provide support for films in the face of an increasingly challenged documentary marketplace.”

With these 11 projects, a total of 73 projects have received $1,804,000 in grants and no-interest loans via the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds. The application process for the second round of 2011 funding will open in September, with an application deadline of October 26, 2011. 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 Charlotte Engel, Founder/President, Rock Yenta Productions; Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director Factual Content, Shaw Media Inc; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Six completion grants totalling $182,000 were awarded to the following projects:

BUZKASHI!
Producers: Micheline Shoebridge, Najeeb Mirza
Executive Producers: Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin
Director: Najeeb Mirza
Production Company: Buzkashi Productions, Inc.

BUZKASHI! uses an ancient sport to explore the tension between old ways and modernization in the former Soviet state of Tajikistan.

THE LOST HIGHWAY
Producers and Directors: Derreck Roemer, Neil Graham
Production Company: Insurgent Project 1 Ltd.

THE LOST HIGHWAY is a compelling human drama that reveals the dreams and struggles of unlikely neighbours in a rural region that is either poised for rebirth or hopelessly mired in poverty.

THE MANOR
Producer: Paul Scherzer
Director: Shawney Cohen
Production Company: Six Island Productions Inc.

After 15 years apart, Shawney Cohen is plunged into a world of desperate workers, drug-addled tenants, ex-convicts, and police sting operations as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged family.

TEAM BONES
Producer and Director: Alan Code
Production Company: Nah Ho! Productions Inc.

An adventure story, TEAM BONES presents the story and experiences of an amputee orthopedic surgeon/long-distance solo kayaker in the context of the Yukon River Quest.

THE WAITING ROOM
Producer: Yanick Létourneau, Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque
Executive Producer: Yanick Létourneau
Director: Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque
Production Company: Périphéria Productions Inc.

THE WAITING ROOM follows the journeys of young people who leave the peaceful capital Khartoum to travel between North and South Sudan.

THE WORLD BEFORE HER
Producer: Ed Barreveld, Cornelia Principe
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment

Following three young contestants, THE WORLD BEFORE HER takes us into the world of Miss India, the most controversial pageant in the country.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund
Eligible projects were considered by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee which included Maria Farano, Production Executive-Factual Content, Shaw Media Inc; Justine Pimlott, Producer/Director, Red Queen Productions Inc; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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

FIRST LADY, REBEL WAR
Producers and Executive Producers: David Paperny, Cal Shumiatcher
Director: Jodie Martinson
Production Company: Paperny Films Development (2) Inc.

FIRST LADY, REBEL WAR tells the story of women who leverage their pasts as the child brides of hunted African war criminals into bright futures for their children and themselves.

HADWIN’S JUDGMENT – THE MAKING OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORIST
Producer: Elizabeth Yake
Director: Sasha Snow
Production Company: True West Films

HADWIN’S JUDGMENT – THE MAKING OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORIST reconstructs the events leading up to and following the 1997 destruction of the 300 year old Golden Spruce on Haida Gwaii by eco-terrorist Grant Hadwin.

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE
Producers: Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon
Executive Producer: Michael McMahon
Director: Jay Cheel
Production Company: Primitive Entertainment

A non-fiction science-fiction film, HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE investigates the existential problems of time travel and the lengths people will go to when they believe they might have the opportunity to turn back time.

LAND HUNGRY
Producers: Deborah Parks, Nadine Pequeneza
Director: Nadine Pequeneza
Production Company: HitPlay Productions Inc.

From boardroom to jungle, LAND HUNGRY follows a venture capitalist’s bold expansion plan for his 100,000 plus hectare farming venture.

TORONTO 18
Producer and Director: David York
Production Company: 52 Media Inc.

An exploration of the actions and motivations of the Toronto 18 – young men who attempted to carry out the largest terrorist attack in Canadian history.

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Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012. An outstanding selection of 150+ 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 and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the recently acquired Bloor Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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