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Corus Diverse Voices Scholarship

In recognition of Canada 150, emerging filmmakers from Canada’s rich and diverse multicultural backgrounds are invited to develop short documentaries that share unique perspectives about what Canada means to our next generation of documentary storytellers.

Four to six emerging Canadian filmmakers will develop short films on the theme of “Our Canada.” Filmmakers are invited to apply with a story of a person, place or thing in their community that exemplifies what Canada means to them.

Selected filmmakers will take part in an intensive Festival-based curriculum comprised of a private development lab alongside attendance at Hot Docs conference and market events. The program will focus skills training and career advancement with a goal towards completing development on a short documentary. At the end of the program developed proposals will be presented to Corus for review.

Applications for the 2017 program are now closed


  • Hot Docs All-Access Pass ($800 value), with access to the Hot Docs Forum, screenings, social events and conference sessions
  • Private intensive development lab to develop and refine a short documentary project on the theme of “Our Canada”
  • A customized Hot Docs conference itinerary
  • Access to the Hot Docs Online Community for one year
  • One Hot Docs Program Guide, Industry Guide and delegate bag
  • Free travel to and accommodation while in Toronto
  • Mentorship and work training opportunities

Festival and Lab

On April 29 and 30, fellows will participate in a two-day private development lab during the 2017 Hot Docs Festival. During this lab, fellows will hear from a variety of industry experts and will engage in hands-on workshops and activities to refine and develop their short film proposals. Fellows will then participate in the 2017 Hot Docs conference week attending the Hot Docs Forum, industry panels and sessions, networking events and screenings.


  • Must be a member of an under-represented group: visible minority, person with a disability or a member of the aboriginal community
  • Must be an emerging level filmmaker with three or fewer professional credits as director or producer (Student films that play in festival settings are considered professional credits)
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Must be an emerging filmmaker with a demonstrated commitment to their profession (e.g. education and/or work experience in the field of documentary or factual television production)
  • Must be between the ages of 22 and 35
  • Must be able to attend the Hot Docs Festival from April 27 – May 7, 2017

Development Project

  • Must be a story idea for a short Canadian documentary intended to be no more than 10 minutes in length
  • Must fit within the theme of “Our Canada” by featuring the story of a person, place or thing in the applicant’s home community that exemplifies what Canada means to them

Selection Process

Applications are closed.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on the quality of the submitted film proposal, how closely the submitted proposal adheres to the theme of the “Our Canada” project, as well as the promise of the applicant filmmaker.

Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by April 15, 2017.

A jury composed of industry professionals and one Hot Docs representative will review all submitted proposals.

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Additional support provided by Bell Fund.

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