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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund Recipients

2018 Recipients
In 2018, nine projects received funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.

Fall Funding Round
BETRAYAL
D: Lena Macdonald
P: Noah Bingham, Lena Macdonald
Production Company: Ferocious Films Inc.

THE INCONVENIENT INDIAN
D: Michelle Latimer
P: Stuart Henderson, Jesse Wente, Justine Pimlott (NFB)
Production Company: 90th Parallel Productions Ltd
This urgent feature from Michelle Latimer (RISE) journeys into the mind of Thomas King: one of the world’s foremost Indigenous intellectuals and one of our greatest storytellers.

LIFE AND DEATH ON THE PRAIRIES
D: Tasha Hubbard
P: Tasha Hubbard, George Hupka
Production Company: Downstream Documentary Productions Inc.
On August 9, 2016, Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation was shot and killed by farmer Gerald Stanley after stopping with friends in an occupied farmyard. Part investigation, part soul-searching, director Tasha Hubbard explores the legacy of oppression in her homelands.

WINTOPIA
D: Mira Burt-Wintonick
P: Bob Moore
Production Company: EyeSteelFilm
Wintopia is the story of a daughter trying to reconnect with her late father—renowned filmmaker Peter Wintonick—through the footage he left behind, as she searches for wisdom he had yet to impart.


Spring Funding Round

THE ARTISTS
Director: Peter Mishara
Production Company: The Artists (Canada) Inc.
The stories of those creators who were at the forefront of the early video game revolution. This documentary feature explores the intersection of creativity and technology of a medium that would go on to redefine pop culture.

THE DAUGHTER TREE
Director: Rama Rau
Production Company: Trinetra Productions
An exploration of India’s cultural preference for baby boys while following a fearless warrior-midwife who advocates for baby girls; meanwhile a lone man in the Village of Men goes on a quest to find a wife.

GIRLS ON THE BUS
Director: Maureen Judge
Production Company: Makin’ Movies (GOTB) Inc.
This film that follows five smart and sassy teenage girls in their final year of high school; they’re reflective, over-anxious and constantly struggle with living in a male-centric world while balancing peer pressure, family expectations and personal dreams.

THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION
Director: Maya Gallus
Production Company: Alice B Productions Inc.
It takes a brazen personality to excel in the competitive sport of professional cooking, and a woman can only ascend the ranks if she can take the heat. In this film you’ll meet seven women chefs at the forefront of a “revolution.”

HISPANIOLA
Director: Michèle Stephenson
Production Company: Hispaniola Productions Inc.
Combining magical realism and verité, Hispaniola follows families affected by the Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruling that stripped citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, and reflects on how imposed borders, citizenship and racial identity define us and seal our fate.


2017 Recipients
In 2017, six projects received $85,000 from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.

THE GUARDIANS
Director: Billie Mintz
Production Company: No Equal Entertainment
An investigative documentary that examines the complicated history of court-appointed Guardians in Nevada.

MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER
Director: Ann Shin
Production Company: Fathom Film Group
The real-life story of two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War who become blood-brothers for life. After a chance meeting in Vancouver, they return to conflict-ridden homelands to search for missing loved ones.

PIPE DREAMS
Director: Van Royko
Production Company: H2L Productions
Follow five, young organists in the prestigious Canadian International Organ Competition held in Montreal. Who will master the ‘king of instruments’ and take home the top prize?

SEND US YOUR BROTHER
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Production Company: Notice Pictures Inc. in co-production with the NFB
A look at the making of the modern Indian man told through the stories of a few men—difficult, violent, fearful men and the men who are trying to change them.

TAKE LIGHT
Director: Shasha Nakhai
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment
A look at Nigeria’s electricity crisis told through the everyday trials and tribulations of a charming electrician.

TRANSFORMER
Director: Michael Del Monte
Production Company: Storystream Creative
From white trash kid, to decorated U.S. Marine, to bodybuilder, to world record powerlifter, Matt Kroczaleski faces his most challenging feat of strength yet: becoming a woman.

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Signature Partner

  • logo documentary-Channel

Presenting Partners

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  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
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