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CrossCurrents Doc Funds

Promoting inclusion in the documentary space, the CrossCurrents Doc Funds foster storytelling from within groups whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented. The filmmaker’s deep connections to the community will offer a unique perspective on the stories they share.


There are two funding streams:

  • CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund supports short and feature-length documentaries from emerging and sophomore Canadian filmmakers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and/or have a disability, racialized and/or persons of colour. Generously supported by Netflix.
  • CrossCurrents International Doc Fund supports interactive, short and feature-length doc projects by filmmakers from, and telling stories of, underrepresented and marginalized communities around the world. Short/interactive strand supported by the R&M Lang Foundation, which initiated the Fund in 2013; feature-length strand supported by Panicaro Foundation.

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CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund

Development and production grants of $10,000-$50,000 CAD for Canadian filmmakers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and/or have a disability, racialized and/or persons of colour.

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CrossCurrents International Doc Fund

Development and production grants of $10,000-$30,000 CAD for interactive, short or feature-length films by emerging international filmmakers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented.

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CrossCurrents Doc Funds Recipients

Fall 2021 CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund, supported by Netflix, awarded $245,000 to 10 projects.

Fall 2021 Short/Interactive Strand awarded $15,000 to two projects, courtesy of the R&M Lang Foundation.

Fall 2021 Theatrical Strand awarded $80,000 to four, courtesy of the Panicaro Foundation and Hot Docs.

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R&M Lang Foundation supports international short/interactive projects.

Panicaro Foundation supports international feature-length projects.

Netflix supports Canadian short and feature-length projects. With the participation of the Government of Canada | Avec la participation du gouvernement du Canada

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Presenting Partners

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