The Rogers Documentary Fund, operated by Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, has awarded CDN$1.6 million in grants to 25 doc projects, in a move that it is calling “an unprecedented show of support for independent documentary producers.”
The recently announced grants bring the total funding for 2011 to $2,600,000, which is a 30% increase from its annual budget of $2,000,000.
“This is a critical time for the documentary production industry as broadcast windows for this genre disappear,” said Phil Lind, chair of the board of the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, and vice chair of Rogers Communications. “Canada has a well deserved, world-wide reputation for its excellence in documentary production and we felt it was important that the Rogers Doc Fund increase its funding of projects as a much-needed boost to the doc community.”
The fund offers grants of up to $75,000 per project for documentaries pre-licensed by a national Canadian broadcaster with a prime-time broadcast commitment.
Projects receiving the latest round of grants include Que vive la mer morte from Intuitive Pictures in Montréal; Fruit Hunters, produced by EyeSteelFilm in Montréal; and Ice, Sweat & Tears from Toronto’s Markham Street Films. In total, 42 French and English documentaries have received monies through the fund in 2011.
Funding guidelines and deadlines for 2012 will be released by Rogers Documentary Fund in December.
The 42 docs receiving funding from the Rogers Documentary Fund in 2011 are:
1000 jours pour la planète- Mission Biodiversité
1812: War of the Worlds
Blood Relative – Mumbai’s Forgotten Children
Do You Really Want to Know?
Face à face, sur les traces de Richard Ferron
Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children
High Risk: Why Men Cheat
Ice, Sweat & Tears
La fidélité +ou-
Last Woman Standing
Les Ailes de Johnny May
Les derniers hommes-éléphants
Mort ou Vif
Operation Greenup – The Real Inglourious Basterds!
Que vive la mer morte
Rahul Singh Documentary
Sous la ville
The Assassination of Gandhi
The Beaver Whisperer
The Boomer Biz
The Carbon Rush
The Defector (Pyongyang Express: Escape From North Korea)
The Jungle Prescription
The Young and the Jobless
Trouble in the Peace
When Dreams Take Flight