$30,000 CrossCurrents Doc Fund Awarded to Midnight Traveller & Two Gods


Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Panicaro Foundation are pleased to announce that Midnight Traveler (D: Hassan Fazili; Afghanistan) and Two Gods (D: Zeshawn Ali; USA) are recipients of the CrossCurrents Doc Fund Theatrical Stream. Launched at the 2016 Festival, the fund allocates $30,000 CAD each year to one or more full-length feature 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 Doc Fund Selection Committee, which included: Caroline Birks, board member, Panicaro Foundation; Lea Marin, Producer, NFB; Ryan Harrington, acting industry programs director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Heidi Tao Yang, industry funds manager, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Director: Hassan Fazili
Producer: Emelie Mahdavian
Production Country: Afghanistan

Follow the struggles of a family of Afghan filmmakers on the run from the Taliban. Told from refugee-director Hassan Fazili’s unique first-person perspective, their story provides unprecedented access to the complex refugee encounter with the West.

Director: Zeshawn Ali
Producer: Aman Ali
Production Country: USA

The story of a Muslim Mortician and casket-maker in Newark, NJ, who takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to build caskets, wash bodies and how to live.

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