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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund Recipients

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

In October 2020, five projects received funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.

THE BONES
Director: Jeremy Xido
Producer: Ina Fichman
Production company: Intuitive Pictures Inc.
A stunning, cinematic exploration of the high-stakes business of dinosaur bone trading, where obsessive collectors compete with museums, scientists and high-end auction houses to own a piece of the past. A thrilling story of intrigue at the collision of science and commerce.

UNTITLED ROCK N’ ROLL REVIVAL DOCUMENTARY
Director: Ron Chapman
Producers: Trish Dolman, Ron Chapman, Sally Blake
Production companies: Screen Siren Pictures, Chapman Productions, Les films à cinq (Canada/France)
Toronto, 1969. A Beatle in crisis. A concert promoter with a crazy idea. A renowned documentary filmmaker fighting for access. All these stories collided at one of the greatest rock concerts in history, which changed the music world forever.

EXPLORE: AN UNDERGROUND JOURNEY
Director: Francois-Xavier De Ruydts
Producer: Jenny Rustemeyer
Production company: Cold Fingers Films Inc.
Two gritty teams of hobbyist cavers are poised to break records for the longest and deepest caves in Canada. Discover an office worker who becomes obsessed with her return to dive a flooded underground chamber, while an eclectic group of weekend warriors dig into what could be a monumental discovery.

JUST A BAND
Director/Producer: Anjali Nayar
Production company: Ink & Pepper Productions
Four nerdy Nairobians form the Afro-electric-pop group Just A Band, a counter-narrative to family expectation. Borrowing from a cultural mishmash of Sun Ra, Hip Hop, and a thousand other bits of detritus, this film is a fantastical coming-of-consciousness story.

ROJEK
Director: Zaynê Akyol
Producers: Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre, Sylvain Corbeil and Zaynê Akyol
Production Company: Metafilms Inc.
An intimate conversation with some of the most important members of the Islamic State (IS), who are currently being detained in Syria. A powerful film set against the backdrop of a country trying to stay vigilant as it struggles to recover from years of war.


In January 2020, four projects received funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.

FOOD FOR THE REST OF US
Director/Producer: Caroline Cox
Producers: Tiffany Ayalik, Jerri Thrasher, Stuart Henderson
Production company: Food for the Rest of Us Ltd/Copper Quartz Media Inc.
Marginalized groups from across North America use farming and land-based living as a form of activism, fighting back against oppressive systems by writing their own rules for survival.

HUNTING IN PACKS
Director: Chloe Sosa-Sims
Producers: Ann Shin, Hannah Donegan
Production company: Fathom Film Group
With unprecedented access into the lives and careers of three female politicians, Hunting in Packs highlights the absurdity of political convention in three countries—Canada, the United States and Great Britain.

MADE YOU LOOK: A TRUE STORY ABOUT FAKE ART
Director/Producer: Barry Avrich
Producers: Caitlin Cheddie, Melissa Hood
Production company: Melbar Entertainment Group
A crime documentary about the largest art fraud in American history set in the super rich, super obsessed and superfast art world of New York.

RESCUING REX
Director/Producer: Leora Eisen
Producer: Jackie Carlos
Production company: In the Vault Productions
A new generation of animal lovers is coming to the rescue, making Canada a haven for the world’s homeless dogs. But not every story has a tail-wagging ending. A must-watch film for anyone with a dog or a heart.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • Logo Cbc Gem

Presenting Partners

  • logo Crave
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate Ontario
  • logo telefilm