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Hot Docs & Netflix Receive Business / Arts Community Impact Award for Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project

Hot Docs and Netflix have received the 2021 Business / Arts Community Impact Award for our partnership on the Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project. The annual awards celebrate partnerships between business and the arts and shine a light on exceptional volunteers and leaders who have significantly impacted the arts in Canada.

Established in 2018, the Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project, generously supported by Netflix, is a five-year initiative that invests in core funding and professional development programs for Canadian filmmakers. In recognition of the systemic barriers that continue to exist within the documentary film industry, the Project serves filmmakers from groups whose stories have been historically underrepresented on screen, and provides year-round opportunities for documentary storytellers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and/or have a disability, are racialized and/or persons of colour.

The Project established the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund, which supports independent documentary projects from emerging filmmakers, supports 10 fellowships annually for Hot Docs’ Doc Accelerator program for emerging filmmakers, and provides educational opportunities through Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite labs.

The Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project has supported multiple filmmakers and documentary projects that have gone on to receive high praise, including 2021 Hot Docs official selection Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, who won the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at this year’s Festival; director Lulu Wei’s 2020 Hot Docs official selection There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace; and Doc Accelerator alumni Javier Lovera, whose short film Ride Fair was commissioned by Hot Docs for its Citizen Minutes project, which had its world premiere at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival.

Business / Arts will celebrate Hot Docs and Netflix’s Community Impact Award across their digital platforms on June 25.



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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