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Hot Docs, Blue Ice Film team on million-dollar fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Film Documentary Fund aims to provide support to independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries.
May 4, 2011

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and newly-established Canadian prodco Blue Ice Film are teaming up for a CDN$1 million production fund that will provide financial support to independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries.

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Film Documentary Fund aims to increase the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region and to that end, will issue six to 10 grants per year over the next five years in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $40,000.

The initiative will also provide valuable resources and industry contacts for recipients, including a mentorship program that will allow selected African producers to work with international production partners in order to projects to international markets, festivals and broadcasters.

“A central part of our mission is to help filmmakers make great docs, and now we’re doing it in one of the most storied parts of the world,” said Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald in a statement. “The marketplace has changed and traditional funding sources for docs have become increasingly scarce. Blue Ice Film is joining us to create innovative solutions. This new initiative joins the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in what we hope will be an ever-widening portfolio of production funds to support filmmakers, both in Canada and abroad.”

This is the first international doc fund to be administered by Hot Docs. Blue Ice Film is run by former eOne SVP of factual entertainment Steven Silver and longtime partner Neil Tabatznik.

The first application deadline for the fund will be in the fall of 2011, with guidelines to be announced in September. The five-member selection committee will be comprised of representatives from Hot Docs, Blue Ice Film and other international industry members.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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