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CrossCurrents International Doc Fund Guidelines

Supporting interactive, short or feature-length doc projects made by filmmakers from, and telling the stories of, underrepresented and marginalized communities from around the world. The Fund was established in 2013 by the R&M Lang Foundation, which provides short/interactive project support. Feature-length project support is underwritten by the Panicaro Foundation.

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 Fund is an international fund for filmmakers who are directly in—or have a deep connection to—the underrepresented and marginalized community.

The Fund’s mandate is to help develop understanding and appreciation of unheard voices by encouraging projects that aim to reach not only members within the community, but also expanded audiences.

Project funding support will include $10,000 CAD for one short or interactive film; and up to $30,000 CAD for up to three feature films.

Theatrical Steam Short/Interactive Stream


Up to $30,000 for a maximum of 50% of the production budget.

$10,000 for a maximum of 100% of the production budget.

Stage accepted


Production or late Development


41-90 minutes

3-40 minutes

Projects must be

Low- to mid-budget films ($300,000 to $600,000 CAD amount max)

Low-budget films (i.e. under $100,000 CAD)


In addition to the production grant, the successful recipients will be considered for a Hot Docs Fellowship that includes travel, accommodation and accreditation to the annual Hot Docs Festival and enrollment in the Emerging Filmmakers Lab and mentorship initiatives.


Applicants must be:

  • The (co)director, and primary rights holder attached to the film project
  • An emerging filmmaker with three or fewer professional directing credits.
  • In good standing with Hot Docs at time of application submission

All projects must NOT:

  • Be proposals that are school, institute or university course work, or are shorts, TV series, web series or fiction pieces.
  • Be at a rough-cut stage by Hot Docs 2021 (April 2021)
  • Be completed by Hot Docs 2021 (April 2021)

Eligibility for Re-Application
Submitted projects that do not receive funding may submit a maximum of one additional time only if the producers can demonstrate the project has undergone substantive progress since the initial application. 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 be notified directly.


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

Read the eligibility rules, guidelines and FAQ 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.


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 and members of the filmmaking community including representatives with experience making films from underrepresented communities. 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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