Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Awards $115,000 to Eight African Doc Projects

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Blue Ice Group are pleased to announce that eight African film projects have been chosen to receive a total of $115,000 CAD in development and production grants from the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund in its eighth round of disbursements. Selected from 80 submissions from 26 different African countries, four projects will receive development grants, three will receive production grants, and one will receive a completion grant.

Four of the grant recipients will also receive support to attend Hot Docs 2019, where they will take part in a creative filmmakers’ lab, attend Hot Docs screenings, conference sessions, the Hot Docs Forum and various networking events, and participate in a year-round peer-to-peer mentorship program. They will also receive support to attend a festival/market in Africa.

The $2.35-million Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund was created in 2011 to help enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories, and contribute to the African documentary community’s next generation. To date, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has awarded grants to 60 projects from 20 countries, as well as travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend the Hot Docs Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab, and the Durban International Film Festival and Durban FilmMart.

Reading Committee: Claire Diao (Awotele), Marouan Omara (filmmaker), Soko Sam (filmmaker)
Selection Committee: Ama Ampadu (Monday Films), Keith Shiri (film curator), M. Siam (filmmaker), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs), Olena Decock (Hot Docs), Neil Tabatznik (Blue Ice Group)

Applications for the next round of disbursements will open in June 2019 and close in August 2019.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Development Grants

Director/Producer: Biyi Bandele
Production Company: Mama Put Productions
Country: Nigeria
Fela Kuti was a musical visionary and a hedonist, a revolutionary and a polygamist. Twenty years after he died of AIDS, Afrobeat has become a global phenomenon. This feature documentary is the definitive story of the musician and his life.

Director: Inadelso Cossa
Producers: Inadelso Cossa, Thomas Kaske, Emilie Dodognon, Eyal Sivan
Production Company: 16 MM FILMES, KASKE Film, IDA.IDA, Momento!
Country: Mozambique, Germany, France
Troubled by his childhood memories during the civil war time in Mozambique, a filmmaker returns to his grandmother’s village to question the real story behind his false memory. Today the ghosts of war still dwell among the people in the village. The rifles may be no more, but the nights still smell of gunpowder.

Director: Richard Finn Gregory
Producers: Kelly Scott, Iris Lammertsma
Production Company: GOOD WORK
Country: South Africa
A fashion designer who became the world’s first openly gay imam fights against the intolerance of conservative Islam. The surrounding community of young, queer Muslims remix their religion to include their beliefs.

Director: Rama Thiaw
Producers: Rama Thiaw, Laurent Duret
Production Company: Boul Fallé Images, BACHIBOUZOUK
Country: Senegal
One evening in August 2012, Mariama, the filmmaker’s mother, vanished. She has been searching for her ever since but hasn’t found a single trace. What remains of Mariama? The Vanishing is a way of bringing an invisible to light.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Production Grants

Director/Producer: Dieudo Hamadi
Production Company: Kiripifilms
Country: Republic Democratic of Congo
The victim’s association of the Six Days War in Kisangani, DRC, journeys to Kinshasa to continue the fight for compensation and recognition.

Directors/Producers: Zippy Kimundu, Meena Nanji
Production Company: AfroFilms International
Country: Kenya
A Kenyan woman’s search for her father’s remains becomes an investigation into a buried history of British colonial atrocities and their legacy in Kenya today.

Director: Aicha Macky
Producers: Ousmane Samasekou, Clara Vuillermoz
Production Company: Tabous Production, Les Films Du Balibari
Country: Niger
Zinder used to be a peaceful city at the crossroads of the Sahel Region. Lately, gangs of hopeless young people are spreading fear. A native of Zinder, the director will explore the roots of this violence and give a voice to counter radicalization.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Completion Fund Grants

Director: Jackie Lebo
Producer: Chelagat Tum
Production Company: Content House Kenya
Country: Kenya
The battle for Kenya’s great northern desert country is observed as this forgotten community grapples with the consequences of a big oil find on their land.

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