HOT DOCS-BLUE ICE GROUP DOCUMENTARY FUND

HOT DOCS-BLUE ICE GROUP DOCUMENTARY FUND

What are considered PROFESSIONAL CREDITS?

Professional credits include having previously worked on one of the following: a documentary or fiction film commercially released either locally or internationally, a documentary or fiction film and/or series broadcast on television either locally or internationally, a documentary or fiction film that has screened in at least one African or international film festival.

Eligible professional credits include but are not limited to: producer, director, associate producer, executive producer, DOP, editor, etc.

The Fund will occasionally consider an applicant that does not meet these requirements, provided a senior producer is meaningfully attached to the project as confirmed in writing.

I live outside of Africa for part of the year. Am I still eligible?

Applicants, including students who live and work outside of Africa for more than two months per year must be approved on a case by case basis and should be in touch directly with the fund administration for approval.

Which countries are eligible?

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund currently funds the following countries. The list of eligible countries is subject to change.

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

My project is a co-production with a non-African company. Is it still eligible?

African projects with international co-production partners are eligible to apply to the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund if the following conditions are met:

  • The African partner must be the primary partner and primary rights holder of the film
  • The director on the project must be a citizen of an African country who primarily lives and works in Africa
  • There must be an African producer on the project who is a citizen of an African country and who primarily lives and works in Africa
  • A co-production agreement must be submitted with the application
  • The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund will enter into an agreement only with the African partner and all grant funds must be spent in the African region of production

In which language can I apply?

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund applications will only be accepted in English. All supporting materials must also be in English, copies of original letters or agreements if in a language other than English should be accompanied by an English translation. Footage/trailers if in a language other than English must be accompanied by either subtitles or transcripts in English.

At this time the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund can offer only minimal application support in the French language.

How will I know you have received my application?

All applicants will receive confirmation that their submission is complete and has been received by our staff within four weeks of applying. Please do not contact our office to confirm your application within those four weeks.

What is an OPTION AGREEMENT?

An agreement that demonstrates you optioned a book or piece of existing intellectual property to make a film (in the case where your project is based on a book or a piece of intellectual property).

An agreement that demonstrates you optioned the life rights for a character in a film (in the case where your project is entirely based around the life story of a central character/ subject).

What is a CHAIN OF TITLE AGREEMENT?

A Chain of Title is a series of documentation which establishes the proprietary rights of a film (i.e., authorship rights, contributions), which defines who the owner of the proprietary rights is in the intellectual property of the film.

Copyright on music (in the case where music is a central focus of your story, and obtaining rights to that music is imperative to the project). Trademark clearances (in the case where a “brand or “logo” is a central focus of your story, and obtaining rights to that trademark is imperative to the project).

Talent agreements, including DOP, or releases from subjects, characters, life rights (in the case where the participation of the central character is imperative to the project).

Proof of Errors and Omissions Insurance (in the case that the subject matter of your story increases your chances of risk or liability and protection against this is necessary).

Government-issued incorporation documents of production company. Please provide documents supporting the history of corporate ownership or company chain of title agreements. If you are applying in association with a production company, you should be able to provide one of the following official documents to prove the existence of your company as a registered business. If you cannot provide one of the following documents you have the option of explaining why, as we are aware that different incorporation standards exist within each region.

What is GOVERNMENT ISSUED INCORPORATION DOCUMENTS OF A PRODUCTION COMPANY?

A certificate of incorporation (a legal document relating to the formation of a company or corporation). It is a licence to form a corporation.

Any documentation issued by the state government that indicates the existence and recognition of your production company.

A company chain of title (an agreement indicating the transfer of ownership of a production company into your current holding).

Signed copy of Co-Production Agreement: Please provide a Co-Production Agreement only if the project is a co-production.

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, including those invited to the mentorship program. A public announcement of all successful projects will be made shortly thereafter.

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

The mentorship for the selected director fellows comes in three components:


1. Fellowship to attend Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada for a private lab, and will need to be available for approximately eight days commitment from the end of April to early May. Exact dates differ each year and will be listed in the invitation.

2. Fellowship to attend Durban FilmMart in Durban, South Africa, for a one-day private lab, and mentorship activities throughout the event. Fellows should be available for approximately five days in mid-July. Exact dates differ each year and be listed in the invitation.

3. Year-round mentorship is done through online and Skype, and phone calls. Check-ins with mentors are expected every 4-6 weeks and scheduling is at the convenience of the fellows and mentors.

What does the drawdown payment schedule look like?

The drawdown schedule will be more clearly described in the Agreement. You can use the description below as a guideline.

DEVELOPMENT FUND

The first payment will be issued upon execution of: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund longform agreement.

The second payment will be issued upon submission and acceptance of:

  • Delivery of minimum 20 minutes of roughly edited sequences of research/development footage or compiled work-in-progress research

The third and final payment will be issued upon submission and acceptance of:

  • The final draft of the documentary treatment
  • A development status report
  • A final development cost report
  • A demo reel, if available

PRODUCTION FUND

The first payment will be issued upon execution of the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund agreement.

The second payment will be issued upon submission and acceptance of deliverables listed in the Agreement, including the following:

  • Delivery of minimum 20 mins of roughly edited sequences from production shoot

The third/final payment will be issued upon submission and acceptance of deliverables listed in the Agreement, including the following:

  • A DVD copy of the Production
  • Receipt of a CD or alternate disk format of a minimum of 300 dpi resolution of: no less than five production stills (not screenshots) and behind the scenes stills
  • A synopsis and logline of the project
  • A final production cost report

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