If I am a recipient of the fund, does that mean I lose any film rights?

Fund recipients maintain complete control and ownership of their films. If your project is selected for a grant, Hot Docs will require additional documents that include chain of title, and proof of incorporation.

What is Netflix’s involvement in the project? Are there any additional requirements associated with Netflix?

Netflix is invited to each selection committee meeting. However, there are no contractual obligations or relationships between Netflix and recipients of the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund.

What is considered as a professional credit?

Professional credits include any commercial (distributed theatrically, on broadcast, DVD or via viable/curated digital platforms like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu) or festival-run short, feature-length or series project (fiction or documentary) where you held the role as director.

What is the difference between development and production eligible costs?

A project in development is one that has not already begun filming. Eligible costs may include, but are not limited to: research, development of a script, consultation, working with communities, cultural investments, writing a story proposal, and production of a teaser, trailer or demo. Other eligible costs may include production of pitch and marketing materials, community engagement strategy research, as well as distribution, impact and marketing strategy research.

A project in production is one that has already begun principle photography. Eligible costs may include, but are not limited to: hiring crew, travel, character development, interviewing and filming. Other eligible costs may include marketing materials, community engagement strategy research, as well as distribution, impact and marketing strategy research.

I am in development and have not yet shot any footage that can be cut into a trailer. What kind of supporting footage should I be submitting?

If you have not entered production yet, we recommend cutting together a short audio-visual piece that conveys the tone, message, or style of your project.

I am done filming my documentary. Where can I apply for post-production funds?

At the discretion of the selection committee, projects applying to the production fund category may be awarded a post-production grant in lieu of a production grant. Post-production grants may be awarded to projects at the end of their production or post-production process. Post-production grants are cash grants only, and do not qualify for the Doc Accelerator fellowship programs.

When will I know if my application is successful?

All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by our staff via email approximately four months after the application deadline. Those being considered for the Doc Accelerator Lab will be notified at the date determined by that program. The length of the evaluation period will be determined by the volume of submissions received. A public announcement of all successful projects will be made shortly thereafter.

What is the commitment required for selected fellows of the mentorship program?

A Doc Accelerator fellow will be required to arrive in Toronto on the first Friday of the Hot Docs Festival to be fully available for the ensuing week. The second part of the Doc Accelerator Fellowship Program is a paid job placement opportunity where they will be paired with a successful Canadian documentary production company. They must be available to work 200 flexible hours for the duration of the mentorship period, which will take place at a mutually agreed upon time between May 2020 and April 2021. The Doc Accelerator commitment requirements considers the applicant’s accessibility needs.

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