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CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund


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 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 storytellers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and/or have a disability, racialized or persons of colour.

Feature films for the purpose of this fund may include TV length versions with running times of 41 minutes or longer.

The successful applicant(s) will receive a development feature film grant of up to $30,000 CAD which may reflect up to 100% of the development budget.

The successful applicant(s) will receive a production grant of up to $50,000 CAD to a maximum of 50% of the feature film production budget.

Short films for the purposes of this fund are defined as films with a running-length time of 40 minutes or less.

The successful applicant(s) will receive a development short film grant of up to $10,000 CAD which may reflect up to 100% of the development budget.

The successful applicant(s) will receive a production grant of up to $30,000 CDN to a maximum of 50% of the short film production budget.


Successful grant recipients with expressed interest in participating in the Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Lab will be considered for a fellowship and paid professional development opportunities. Fellowship includes travel, accommodation and accreditation Hot Docs. Learn more about our professional development labs.


All applicants must be:

  • The (co)director, 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, with a disability, or racialized

The project can be:

  • Feature-length works (i.e. 41- 90 minutes)
  • Short or mid-length works (i.e. 3 - 40 minutes)
  • Any documentary genre or style (i.e. investigative, art, experimental, etc)

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 or will be completed by Hot Docs 2020 (April 2020)

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.


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. Do not send anything by post or email to the Hot Docs office.

Supporting Footage

A maximum of 10 minutes of footage may be submitted using up to two separate links. Teasers, trailers, and sample footage must be hosted on an independent website such as Vimeo and submitted via a link. Password protected links are accepted, but must remain live until January 2020.

Footage/trailers, if in a language other than English or French, must be accompanied by subtitles in English or French. Hot Docs will also accept time-coded transcripts of the translated text.

Required Supporting Documents

To complete your application, you must prepare and upload all required documents via the online application. Hot Docs reserves the right to request additional information.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please append all supporting document(s) as a single pdf file with the filename as instructed below. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads “ProjectFile.”

Documentation can be submitted in English or French.

DETAILED INDUSTRY STANDARD BUDGET: Complete detailed development or production budget for the project, and also include the top sheet (summary. Name this file before uploading: CCC19-ProjectTitle-Appendix1

FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS: Copies of signed financial commitments from all sources of confirmed funding to date. Name this file before uploading: CCC19-ProjectTitle-Appendix2

CO-PRODUCTION: Copy of agreements between the co-producing companies (if applicable). Name this file before uploading: CCC19-ProjectTitle-Appendix3

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 286 or 249.


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 the following criteria:


  • Overall adherence to the Fund’s aims, including inclusion and representation behind the camera, as well as community-centered relationships and approaches, where applicable.

Story & Artistic Vision:

  • Original expression, creativity, and independent thinking expressed in the subject matter and the treatment
  • Vision and ability of the creative team


  • An assessment of the grant’s total impact on the project’s realization
  • Feasibility of the project with respect to its budget, financing, schedule and scope


  • The film’s strategy to access meaningful audience engagement

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Presenting Platinum Partner

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Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

Presenting Partners

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Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
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