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Five Films Receive $85,000 from Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

Hot Docs is pleased to announce that five 2020 documentary projects will receive funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund. Chosen from 43 applicants, three of the five projects are from Quebec and two are from British Columbia. Established in 2016 with a gift from the Rogers Foundation, the $1-million fund provides financial support to Canadian documentary filmmakers.

2020 Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund recipients are:

THE BONES
Director: Jeremy Xido
Producer: Ina Fichman
Production company: Intuitive Pictures Inc.
A stunning, cinematic exploration of the high-stakes business of dinosaur bone trading, where obsessive collectors compete with museums, scientists and high-end auction houses to own a piece of the past. A thrilling story of intrigue at the collision of science and commerce.

THE CONCERT THAT BROKE UP THE BEATLES
Director: Ron Chapman
Producers: Trish Dolman, Ron Chapman
Production company: Screen Siren Pictures, Chapman Productions
Toronto, 1969. A Beatle in crisis. A concert promoter with a crazy idea. A renowned documentary filmmaker fighting for access. All these stories collided at one of the greatest rock concerts in history, which changed the music world forever.

EXPLORE: AN UNDERGROUND JOURNEY
Director: Francois-Xavier De Ruydts
Producer: Jenny Rustemeyer
Production company: Peg Leg Films Inc.
Two gritty teams of hobbyist cavers are poised to break records for the longest and deepest caves in Canada. Discover an office worker who becomes obsessed with her return to dive a flooded underground chamber, while an eclectic group of weekend warriors dig into what could be a monumental discovery.

JUST A BAND
Director/Producer: Anjali Nayar
Production company: Ink & Pepper Productions
Four nerdy Nairobians form the Afro-electric-pop group Just A Band, a counter-narrative to family expectation. Borrowing from a cultural mishmash of Sun Ra, Hip Hop, and a thousand other bits of detritus, this film is a fantastical coming-of-consciousness story.

ROJEK, ONE DAY
Director: Zaynê Akyol
Producers: Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre, Sylvain Corbeil and Zaynê Akyol
Production Company: Metafilms Inc.
An intimate conversation with some of the most important members of the Islamic State (IS), who are currently being detained in Syria. A powerful film set against the backdrop of a country trying to stay vigilant as it struggles to recover from years of war.



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