Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds name 11 recipients

Eleven Canadian documentary projects, including a cross-platform doc and a film on Leonard Cohen's son, will receive a total of CA$198,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media's partnered funds.
January 11, 2012

Eleven documentary projects have been selected to receive a total of CDN$198,000 (US$194,800) in grants and no-interest loans from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media’s partnered funds.

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Documentary Funds consist of a $3 million completion fund and a $1 million development fund, and the selected projects are chosen by a committee that includes Andrew Johnson, production executive for factual content at Shaw Media; Robin Smith, owner and president of KinoSmith; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and market director for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Applications for the first round of 2012 funding will open in April, with an application deadline of May 16, 2012. For info, click here. Six completion grants totaling $142,000 were awarded to the following projects, with descriptions from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Documentary Fund:

Producer: Sarah Spring
Director: Laura Bari
Production Company: Parabola Films

Untitled Calgary Doc

Producer: Tom Powers
Director: Paul Taylor
Production Company: Open Door Co.

The Defector: Escape from North Korea
Producer: Ann Shin, Heidi Tao Yang
Director: Ann Shin
Production Company: FathomFilm Group

Ghosts In Our Machine
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin, Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall
Director: Liz Marshall
Production Company: Ghosts Media Inc.

Producer: Lalita Krishna
Director: Michael Allcock
Production Company: In Sync Video

This Tour Has 22 Cities
Producer: Rob Blackie
Executive Producers: John Vatcher, Allan Hawco, Michael Levine, Lewisport Productions Inc.
Director: Peter Esteves
Production Company: Take The Shot Productions Inc.

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund awarded no-interest loans totaling $56,000 to five projects, selected from a committee that included Michael Kot, senior VP of factual entertainment for Entertainment One Television; Barbara Shearer, production executive for factual content at Shaw Media; and Radshaw.

The recipients are:

Adam Cohen: The Family Business
Producer and Director: George Tsioutsioulas
Production Company: Entertainment Business Affairs (Film and TV) Inc.

The Adventures of Dr. Crackhead
Producer: Michael Savoie
Director: Jennifer DiCresce

Fractured Land
Producer: Tara Mahoney
Executive Producer: Daniel Conrad
Directors: Fiona Rayher, Damien Gillis
Production Company: Gen Why Media

Reasonable Doubt
Producer: Michael McNamara
Executive Producer: Judy Holm
Directors: Marc Lamy, Ray Klonsky
Production Company: Markham Street Films

Shadow Girl
Producer: Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Executive Producer: Ed Barreveld
Director: Maria Teresa Larrain
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment

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