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New CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund Awards $160,000 to Six Canadian Projects

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is pleased to announce that six films—four features and two shorts/mid-lengths—have received production and development grants from the new CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund. The Fund, established with the support of Netflix, was announced during last year’s Hot Docs Festival and supports a diversity of voices and perspectives with the goal of building a more vibrant, representative and sustainable industry.

Pour l’information en français, veuillez référé à notre communiqué de presse.

The CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund is a cornerstone of the Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project, generously supported by Netflix. Announced during the 2018 Hot Docs Festival, the Project is an initiative meant to address systemic barriers and opportunity gaps that exist within the documentary film community. This fund aims to foster original storytelling from creators with unique vantage points, and is open to emerging and sophomore documentary storytellers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf, with disability, or who are artists of colour.

Eligible projects were considered by the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund Selection Committee, which included: Olena Decock (Industry Programmer: Funds and Conference, Hot Docs), Samara Grace Chadwick (filmmaker & Senior Programmer, Points North Institute), Selwyn Jacob (producer, National Film Board of Canada), Alexandra Lazarowich (filmmaker), Elizabeth Radshaw (Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs), Rama Rau (filmmaker).


Production Funds

BECOMING A QUEEN (feature)
Director/Producer: Chris Strikes
Follow Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival’s queen, Joella Crichton, in her final year competing for the crown. Will she win for an unprecedented tenth time and make history?

GAAG.IID (short/mid-length)
Director/Producer: Kristi Lane Sinclair
The story of Gaag.iid is a story that all Haida kids grow up hearing. If you get lost in the bush or if your boat gets lost, you may become Gaag.iid. This doc looks at “What is a Gaag.iid?” There are varying stories going around Haida Gwaii—is it just a “wild man,” or is it a supernatural being or a Sasquatch? Is it all these things, or just folklore to keep kids from straying too far?

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE THIS PLACE, ANYPLACE (feature)
Director: Lulu Wei     
Producer: Ali Weinstein     
Follow the community of Toronto’s historic Mirvish Village as they are forced to relocate after the space is sold to developers. Through their eyes, we learn about a history of immigration, a housing crisis in the downtown core, and the power that brick and mortar buildings can have on our hearts.


Development Funds

BLACK ZOMBIE (feature)
Director: Maya Annik Bedward 
Producer: Kate Fraser, Maya Annik Bedward
Black Zombie is a feature doc about the most misunderstood monster of our time. Tracing its origins from Haitian folklore to Hollywood horror, the film investigates common misrepresentations of the zombie to reveal its connection to slavery and movements of resistance.

DIGITAL MEMORY (short/mid-length)
Director/Producer: Andréanne Germain
Still haunted by nightmares ten years later, an ex-reality TV contestant with no memory of the experience retraces what really happened through the show’s unedited tapes.

JE M’APPELLE MARIE-SOLEIL (feature)
Director: Émilie Martel      
Producer: Kristel Viduka, Émilie Martel     
Before becoming a Canadian citizenship judge, Suzanne Pinel won the heart of millions of francophone kids throughout Canada as her character Marie-Soleil. For the first time since her show, Suzanne returns to the screen to tell us untold stories and valuable life lessons.



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