Ontario Emerging Talent Program: Berlinale/European Film Market

To increase international discoverability and opportunities for emerging Ontario documentary filmmakers, Hot Docs will host a delegation of four filmmakers at the European Film Market in Berlin, February 2020.

Selected filmmakers will receive:

  • Accreditation to the European Film Market
  • A fixed travel stipend to Berlin, five-nights accommodation and per diems
  • Individualized pre-departure training and project feedback in order to enhance international market viability
  • Official inclusion in the Telefilm showcase of Canadian talent at the EFM
  • Facilitated exposure to broadcasters, distributors, and producers in one-on-one meetings
  • Participation in Doc Salon activities: SalonTalks, High Tea with Experts, Meet the Festivals
  • Access to Berlinale Talents public events and project lab presentations
  • Access to the Berlinale Festival program
  • Access to Co-Production Market registration

Priority will be given to filmmakers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf, and/or have a disability, or who are persons of colour, and who live outside of Toronto. Priority will be given to emerging and mid-career documentary filmmakers. Filmmakers must live in Ontario.

Filmmakers are asked to apply via application with one project they would pitch at the EFM.

Applications due Wednesday, September 18 at 11:59 PM EST.


A jury comprised of seasoned filmmakers and a Hot Docs representative will select the final candidates to attend the EFM.

Please contact Industry Programmer Madelaine Russo [email protected] with any questions.

Ontario Arts Council

Hot Docs would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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