Fine Point, Fadoo launch $500,000 development fund

Trevor Birney's (pictured, left) Fine Point Films has partnered with Corey Russell's (right) Toronto-based studio for a new development initiative aimed at providing advanced-stage documentaries with financial backing.
May 2, 2016

Trevor Birney‘s (pictured, left) Fine Point Films has partnered with Corey Russell‘s (right) Toronto-based studio Fadoo Productions on a new development initiative for documentaries.

The Silver Fund will aim to support high-end feature-length documentaries as well as non-scripted episodic series with up to US$500,000 in investment over two years, and up to $50,000 per project.

The fund, which was launched at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, will look to back projects at “an already advanced stage of development” and which are capable of securing financing from major North American broadcasters, streaming services and private equity sources.

The fund is made possible through financing secured from screen agency Northern Ireland Screen and private Canadian firm Green Arrow Productions.

Fine Point’s latest documentary, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, will enjoy its world premiere at Hot Docs on Tuesday (May 3) at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Fine Point and Fadoo recently partnered on a forthcoming feature doc on soccer icon George Best.

Companies looking to submit projects for financing can do so here.

“Every filmmaker knows that accessing start-up capital to get a great idea off the ground is a huge challenge,” said Fadoo Productions’ Corey Russell in a statement. “This fund gives Fadoo and Fine Point Films, and the other companies we hope to work with, a massive head start in developing our documentaries.”

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