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Applications for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund are now OPEN!

23 Jun 2017

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund helps enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community. In 2016, the Fund was renewed with an additional $1.25 million CAD, bringing the total investment to $2.35 million.

The Fund provides development grants of up to $10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.

Mentorship Program
The Fund offers valuable resources to support professional development. Each year, up to five funded projects are invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program with dedicated international mentors, as well as receiving funding. Two additional mentorship components include a fellowship for directors to participate in a private filmmakers lab at Hot Docs and to attend the Durban FimMart and Durban International Film Festival.

The New York Times—Op-Docs Collaboration
In 2016, the Fund collaborated with The New York Times—Op-Docs to commission short documentary films from African filmmakers to be showcased on The Times’s Emmy® Award–winning online forum.

Five to eight projects will be selected for the initiative from hundreds of current and past Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund submissions, including Fund alumni. The short documentary films will be produced in collaboration with Op-Docs, with grants provided by the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund.

To date, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has awarded funding to 48 projects from 19 countries.

How to Apply

Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa and are also living and working in the region.

Applications now open, with a deadline of August 18, 2017.