Hot Docs, one of the world’s best documentary festivals, aims to support doc filmmakers that are citizens and residents of countries in continental Africa through funds and mentorship.
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund (HDBI) offers grants in two separate categories Development and Production.
Applications Open: June 9, 2016
Applications Close: August 19, 2016
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund will provide successful applicants with a development grant of up to $10,000 CDN which could reflect up to 100 per cent of the development budget. Grant money must be spent in the region on development activities and pre-production. Eligible costs include research, development of a script and story proposal and production of a teaser or trailer. Other eligible costs may include production of pitch and marketing materials, community engagement strategy research, as well as distribution strategy research.
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund will provide successful applicants with a production grant of up to $40,000 CDN to maximum of 50 per cent of the production budget. Eligible costs include those that are standard in the industry during production and post-production.
At the discretion of the selection committee, projects applying to the production fund category may be awarded a completion grant in lieu of a production grant. Completion grants may be awarded to projects at the end of their production or post-production process. Completion grants are cash grants only, and do not include the accompanying mentorship programs or travel support to Hot Docs or Durban International Film Festival.
In order for an applicant to be eligible for support, the applicant must:
• Be the primary rights holder of the project
• Be the director or producer attached with the film project
In all cases both the director and producer must:
• Hold citizenship, primary residence and work primarily in Africa. A complete list of funded countries can be found in our FAQ section
• Have at least one previous professional credit to their name
In order for a project to be eligible for support, the project must:
• Be produced and shot in Africa
• Be either a feature or broadcast length documentary (shorts, series and fiction pieces are not eligible)
• Be of high quality and suitable for theatrical release and/or television broadcast to audiences both locally and internationally
• If there is a registered production company associated with the project, that company must be registered in a country off the list of funded countries in our FAQ section
• A producer/filmmaker can apply with one project, per fund, per deadline
• If its application is unsuccessful, a project cannot be resubmitted to the same fund at a later deadline unless invited to do so by our selection committee
• A project can be submitted to the Development Fund and, at a later deadline, submitted to the Production Fund, whether or not its Development Fund application was successful
• Applicants who have misrepresented their primary residency on the application and/or in written or verbal correspondence with Hot Docs will not be considered for the grant selection and may have their grants revoked
• The selection committee may invite a particular project to be resubmitted for a later deadline. This decision is made solely by the selection committee. These candidates will be notified directly
Professional Development Support
Grantees in both categories will also have a number of non-financial means of support from Hot Docs and in conjunction with Hot Docs’ partners. These resources are intended to support film production, to enhance professional development for grantees and to increase access to the international documentary marketplace and community. It is at the discretion of the Hot Docs selection committee to invite up to five director fellows from each year to participate.
Support may include and is not limited to the following activities:
HDBI Peer mentorship program:
• Grantees will have access to peer to peer mentorship with international or regional partners
Support and resources from Hot Docs Industry Programs team
• Regular Skype meetings
• Year-round mentorship from international mentors
• Travel, accommodation and accreditation for the eligible director to attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Film Filmmakers Lab
• Travel, accommodation and accreditation for the eligible director to attend the Durban International Film Festival
For grantees that have completed their film these additional support elements are possible:
• Opportunity for an invitation to screen in a special program at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and/ or at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema
• Inclusion in Hot Docs Doc Shop under a specific Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group channel