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CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund Awards $150,000 to 10 Canadian Projects

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is pleased to announce that 10 films—eight features and two shorts—have received a total of $150,000 CAD in production, development and post-production grants from the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund. Established with the support of Netflix, the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund was announced during the 2018 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: Chris Beaver (Indigenous Affairs Video Journalist, TVO), Loc Dao (Co-founder NFB/Interactive & CBC Radio 3), Olena Decock (Industry Programmer: Funds & Conference, Hot Docs), Huw Eirug (CEO, Nunavut Film Development Corporation), Yu Gu (filmmaker, Rooster & Pig Productions), Dominique Léger (Responsable de la programmation, FICFA), Justina Neepin (doc producer & co-founder, Indigenous Film Summit), Elizabeth Radshaw (Industry Programs Director, Hot Docs) and Heidi Tao Yang (Industry Funds Manager, Hot Docs).


Production Funds

INSPIRARE (feature)
Director/Producer: Yuqi Kang
Producer: Dana Kalmey 
Production company: Blue Goat Films Inc.
An intimate and unyielding journey of female freediving champion Jessea Lu as she faces her biggest fear and attempts to dive to over 90 meters in one single breath.

LOINTAIN (short)
Director/Producer: Aziz Zoromba
Producer: Carol Nguyen
Production company: Independent
An observational portrait of Omar, a young gay man in the year following an estrangement from his family, that watches from afar as he navigates his solitude and attempts to reconnect with his mother.

OJIIBIKAAN: FOOD AS MEDICINE (feature)
Directors: Rémy Huberdeau & Sean Stiller
Producer: Lisa Jackson & Lauren Grant
Production company: Earth City Films Ltd.
Follow five Anishinaabe change-makers whose life passions center on revitalizing relationships with local plants and animals in order to heal and strengthen community. This knowledge may be important for all of us in the face of climate change.

SO YOU WANT TO BE A MUSLIM (feature)
Director/Producer: Hoda Elatawi
Production company: GAPC Entertainment Inc.
In a tender and humorous blend of observational doc and intimate interviews, unexpected Muslim converts provide uncommon access into their lives, smashing stereotypes about people—especially women—who convert to Islam for unique, relatable and revelatory reasons.

LA VIE HEUREUSE (HAPPY LIFE) (short)
Director: Amélie Hardy
Producer: Fanny Drew & Sarah Mannering
Production company: Colonelle films
In this time of anguish and agitation, Happy Life explores the spaces and rituals of decompression in which we unload the torments of the body and mind. In a meditative journey through these fantasies of letting go, this documentary essay portrays a society in search of outlets and surrender.

THE WESTOXICATEDS (feature)
Director: Gilda Pourjabar
Producer: Katie McKay
Production company: Independent
My brother, Siamak, was the creative one. My sister, Ladan, was the compassionate one. She left Iran and he stayed. I became the storyteller, trying to make sense of what it means to be a family in desperate times.


Post-Production Funds

DAMASCUS DREAMS (feature)
Director: Émilie Serri
Producer: Audrey-Ann Dupuis Pierre  
Production company: 9377-3570 Québec Inc.
Damascus Dreams tells the story of a filmmaker’s journey to her inaccessible homeland. Weaving together her father’s memory, stories of recent newcomers, and her own imagination, Émilie composes a Syria that stands somewhere between reality and myth, dream and nightmare, truth and construct.

SONGS SHE SINGS IN SHADOWS (feature)
Director/Producer: Fazila Amiri
Producer: Lesley Johnson
Production company: Songs She Sings in Shadows Inc.
Amidst suicide attacks and Taliban death threats, Afghan global pop star Aryana Sayeed raises her voice, and the voice of other female singers, fighting for women’s rights and creating a vision of the future they hope to see.  


Development Funds

RECLAIM MY SKIN (feature)
Director: Marie Clements  
Producer: Catherine Bainbridge
Production company: Marie Clements Media Inc.
A feature documentary reclaiming Indigenous Women’s history and authority in North America.

WORDS LEFT UNSPOKEN (feature)
Director: Josiane Blanc
Producer: Dominic Desjardins
Production company: IGP Productions Inc.
After avoiding speaking at all cost for over two decades, Joze Piranian, a severe stutterer, decides to confront his fears.



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