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CrossCurrents Doc Fund Theatrical Stream Awards $30,000 to CHILDREN OF THE MIST and WARPLAY

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Panicaro Foundation are pleased to announce that Children of the Mist (D: Diem Ha Le, Vietnam) and WarPlay (D: Hemen Kurda, Sweden) are the grant recipients of the CrossCurrents International Doc Fund feature-length strand. Launched at the 2016 Festival by the Panicaro Foundation, the feature-length strand allocates $30,000 CAD each year to one or more projects in production by emerging filmmakers.

In addition to funding, grant recipients will participate in professional development activities at the Hot Docs Festival and throughout the year. They will receive travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend Hot Docs, where they will participate in labs with access to direct mentorship from industry masters, a set curriculum of conference and workshop activities, access to the Hot Docs Forum, and access to networking opportunities.

Eligible projects were considered by the CrossCurrents International Doc Fund feature-length strand selection committee: Caroline Birks (Board Member, Panicaro Foundation), Karen Chapman (filmmaker, Smallaxx Motion Pictures), Elizabeth Radshaw (Industry Programs Director, Hot Docs), Heidi Tao Yang (Industry Funds Manager, Hot Docs), Olena Decock (Industry Programmer for Conference & Funds, Hot Docs), and Zana Shammi (filmmaker).

CHILDREN OF THE MIST
Director: Diem Ha Le
Producer: Phuong Thao Tran, Swann Dubus
Production company: Varan Vietnam Co. Ltd.
Country: Vietnam
In the misty mountains of North Vietnam, a teenage Hmong girl walks the thin line between childhood and adulthood. Over a period of two years, girls in her minority are forced to lose their innocence, discover the traps of seduction, or fight for their independence.

WARPLAY
Director: Hemen Kurda
Producer: Hanna Sköld, Hemen Kurda
Production company: Tangram Film
Country: Sweden
Diab is growing up in a refugee camp in Kurdistan and dreams of becoming a soldier and killing ISIS—that is, until the day he receives a camera from the former refugee, film director Hemen Kurda.



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