CrossCurrents International Doc Fund Short/Interactive Strand Awards $10,000 to SHH…DIAM

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the R&M Lang Foundation are pleased to announce that Shh…Diam (D: Yihwen Chen, Malaysia) has been chosen to receive a $10,000 CAD production grant from the CrossCurrents International Doc Fund in its eighth round of disbursements. The CrossCurrents Doc Fund was established in November of 2013 by the R&M Lang Foundation, and aims to support short, interactive and experimental documentaries from emerging filmmakers working within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.

The CrossCurrents International Doc Fund was generously established by the R&M Lang Foundation and is administered by Hot Docs. Each year, the Fund provides one successful applicant with a grant of $10,000. In addition to this grant, director Yihwen Chen will receive a Hot Docs Fellowship, which includes accreditation to the annual Hot Docs Festival and enrolment in the Doc Accelerator program and mentorship initiatives.

Eligible projects were considered by the CrossCurrents International Doc Fund Committee, which included: Robert Lang (president and executive producer, Kensington Communications), Hot Docs (Julian Carrington, distribution manager & industry programmer, funds; and Heidi Tao Yang, acting industry program director), and Robinder Uppal (filmmaker, Lost Time Media).

Director: Yihwen Chen
Producer: Alex Lee
Production company: Locke Films Sdn Bhd
Production country: Malaysia
In a predominantly Islamic Malaysia, a Muslim queer punk band Shh…Diam!, led by transman Faris Saad, are rebels with a cause, fighting for acceptance and a space to exist through their music against conservative traditions and religious boundaries.

The application dates for the ninth round of funding will be announced in the new year.

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