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CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund

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The CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund supports diverse voices and perspectives with the goal of building a more vibrant, representative and sustainable documentary industry.

The Fund is a cornerstone of the Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project, an initiative aimed at addressing systemic barriers and opportunity gaps that continue to exist within the documentary film industry. Hot Docs acknowledges Netflix for their generosity and investment in Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Applications are closed. The 2021 funding dates will be posted in the coming months.

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is reviewed annually and these guidelines are subject to change.

Questions? Check out the FAQs or contact [email protected].


The CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund is a Canadian fund that fosters original storytelling from creators with unique vantage points for feature or short documentaries in development or production. The fund is open to emerging and sophomore documentary filmmakers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and/or have a disability, racialized and/or persons of colour.

Feature Stream Short Stream

Development Grant

Up to $30,000
Grant can reflect up to 100% of the development budget.

Up to $10,000
Grant can reflect up to 100% of the development budget.

Production Grant

Up to $50,000
Grant can reflect up to 50% of the production budget.

Up to $30,000
Grant can reflect up to 50% of the production budget.

Runtime

41 - 90 mins

3 - 40 mins


ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be:

  • The (co)director(s), and primary rights holder attached to the film project
  • An emerging or sophomore storyteller with three or fewer professional audio-visual credits
  • In good standing with Hot Docs at time of application submission
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Of at least one of the following priority groups: Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and/or have a disability, racialized and/or persons of colour.

All projects must:

  • Be of high quality and suitable for theatrical release, broadcast or online release
  • Not be proposals that are school, institute or university course work, TV or web series, or fiction pieces
  • Not be at a rough-cut stage by Hot Docs 2021 (April 2021)
  • Not be completed by Hot Docs 2021 (April 2021)
  • Be prepared to assign copyright to a Canadian incorporated company, primarily held by the (co)director(s) before receiving the grant

Eligibility for Re-Application

  • A project can submit to the Development Fund and, then submit to the Production Fund at a later deadline, whether or not the Development Fund application was successful.
  • Submitted projects that do not receive funding may submit a maximum of one additional time only in another stream within the fund. Requests for resubmission must be received in writing to [email protected] In some instances, the selection committee may invite a project to resubmit and they will be notified directly.



APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The online application must be submitted in English or French on or before the deadline. There is no application fee. All materials received by Hot Docs are confidential.

Read the eligibility rules, guidelines and FAQs section before proceeding to the online application form.

Application Questions & Required Supporting Documents
To learn more about the application questions and required supporting documents, please review our Required Information. This information is for reference only; all applicants must complete an online application.


Application Support

The CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund application available is considerate of technological, social and accessibility barriers to the application process.

The electronic application is available in English and French. The application process will be considerate of the applicant’s ability to communicate their submission; accommodations that can be made may include an oral, video or in-person submission component.

Potential applicants who require assistance are encouraged to request accommodation at least two weeks before the deadline date by contacting [email protected] or 416.203.2155 ext 249.



SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants will be informed of the Selection Committee’s decision approximately four months after the submission deadline.

Applications deemed complete and eligible will be submitted to a Selection Committee made up of representatives from Hot Docs, Netflix and members of the filmmaking community including representatives from across priority groups. Successful applicants will be determined by peer-review selection committees.

Decision Criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on feasibility, production ability, creative merit, audience, and fit with mandate.

For more information, please review the detailed breakdown.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

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Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

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