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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund Awards $85,000 to Five Canadian Doc Projects

Hot Docs is pleased to announce that five 2021 documentary projects will receive $85,000 CDN total in funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund. Chosen from 34 applicants, three of the five projects are from Ontario, one is from Quebec, and one is from British Columbia. Established in 2016 with a gift from the Rogers Foundation, the $1-million fund provides financial support to Canadian documentary filmmakers.

Eligible projects were considered by the selection committee, which included Ina Fichman (Producer, Intuitive Pictures Inc.), Ed Barreveld (Producer, Storyline Entertainment), Hot Docs (Julian Carrington, Distribution Manager & Industry Funds Programmer).


CHILDREN OF THE CHURCH
Director: Sarah Share
Producers: Martha O’Neill, Adrian McCarthy, Trish Dolman, Christine Haebler
Production companies: Wildfire Films (Ireland) and Screen Siren Pictures (Canada)
Celibacy, fatherhood, love, lies, and betrayal. These are the true stories of the legion of invisible sons and daughters of Catholic priests.

CRUSH
Director: Maya Gallus
Producers: Maya Gallus; Howard Fraiberg
Production company: Red Queen Crush Inc.
A cinematic portrait of a year in the life of artisanal winemakers in the Niagara wine region, following, with intimate access, the changing rhythms of each season, as well as the challenges and potential heartbreaks of what it takes to produce an exceptional bottle of wine.

FRAMING AGNES
Director: Chase Joynt
Producers: Shant Joshi, Samantha Curley
Production companies: Framing Agnes Inc. in association with Fae Pictures and Level Ground Productions
After gaining access to never-before-seen case files from transgender history, an all-star cast of trans actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the politics of truth-telling and the legacy of the “deceptive transsexual” propagated by medicine and media.

SAILING OFF THE EDGE
Director: Virginia Tangvald
Producers: Élaine Hébert, Isabelle Couture, Nathalie Cloutier (NFB)
Production companies: micro_scope in coproduction with the NFB
When her brother Thomas’ sailboat mysteriously vanishes, filmmaker Virginia Tangvald sets out to investigate her family’s troubled past, shaped by the legend of her father, Peter Tangvald, a Norwegian-born adventurer whose life was marked by freedom and tragedy.

WILFRED BUCK
Director: Lisa Jackson
Producers: Lisa Jackson, Alicia Smith
Production Company: Pallasite Films Inc.
A doc about the Cree elder leading an Indigenous star knowledge movement. Weaving together his harrowing youth and present life with sky stories, this hybrid feature film will explore colonization’s impact on Indigenous ways of knowing.



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