FAQs: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

FAQs: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

My production is stalled because of COVID-19 disruptions. How do you take this into consideration in the application?

We understand that many productions have stalled due to COVID-19. As long as the production is eligible for the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, we will consider all applications equally knowing that it’s unclear when it will be safe again to resume production. It takes approximately 3 – 4 months after the application deadline to make a decision so, while we are optimistic that the environment will be more welcoming to productions by then, we will be flexible if there are further delays. If you have any questions about this, please reach out directly at [email protected].

How early of a stage can a project apply?

The Fund encourages projects to apply when the development stage is complete with a confirmed market partner in place. It is acceptable if the project has not officially begun principle photography.

How late of a stage can a project apply?

The ideal project is at a stage of production, whether it is prepping or shooting. We may consider projects that have an assembly of scenes in place, but the project needs to demonstrate a reasonable amount of outstanding shooting that is required to complete the film. Projects in late rough cut, fine cut or completed stage will not be considered.

How often do the projects get reviewed by the selection committee?

You can expect notification between three to four months after submission.


A senior producer is an experienced producer who meets the Fund’s eligibility requirements, who can serve as a mentor and vouch for the applicant.

What does ‘meaningfully attached to a project’ mean?

The senior producer agrees to executive produce and oversee the project, and confirms their support in a written letter by them, on their letterhead with a signature.

Can a senior producer also apply with his/her own project to the same Fund?

Yes, a senior producer can support one emerging producer, and also apply to the same fund as the main producer of their own project. This may be a mitigating factor in the selection committee’s decisions.

What qualifies as a commercial release?

Films that were acquired in the market by a third party, and either released: theatrically, or by broadcast, or online platforms/VOD.

My work has screened at film festivals in Canada, but has not been broadcast or theatrically released. Am I eligible?

No. Film festivals are not commercial screenings, and therefore are not an eligible exhibition for this criteria.

Must the primary market partner be Canadian?

No, as long as the project fulfills all other requirements as an eligible Canadian production. The project should eventually be made available to Canadian audiences.

Is a sales agent considered a market partner?

Unfortunately, a sales agent is not an eligible primary market partner. To be eligible, the primary market partner must be able to exhibit the project commercially within one year.

What are examples of new media platforms?

These include partners like iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, broadcast VOD, or any online distributor who purchases a license/rights to the project, in their given territory.

What are examples of ineligible costs for the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund?

The Fund will not consider projects that are seeking funding for development, expenses incurred prior to applying, and expenses solely used for final post-production. The project should be going into production, or in production.

If a company’s investment is in the form of deferrals, how much can be claimed?

Combined deferrals shouldn’t exceed 10 per cent of the dev budget total. The gap should be covered by the production company (if there are no other investors).

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