Bell Media’s BravoFACT has distributed CAD$422,00o (US$323,000) across nine projects through its doc short funding stream BravoFACTUAL.
Selected from 82 applications, the nine doc shorts chosen include Kate Green’s Melting Stars, which explores why starfish are dying off, Lisa Rose Snow’s A History Interpreted, which follows 89-year-old photographer Maurice Crosby, and Kim Saltarski’s Andre the Anti-Giant, which follows comedian and physical disability advocate Andre H. Arruda as he works to overcome spinal surgery.
As part of its Female Filmmaker Initiative, which mandates that 50% of the funds awarded through BravoFACT and BravoFACTUAL go to projects led by women, six of the nine selected doc shorts have women at the helm.
Ou Ed and Kitra Cahanah’s The Bowhead, Wendy Ord and Glen Samuel’s Into the Wildfire, Rick Skene’s The Last Ride, Janice Zolf’s Mu Mural Project, Dodie McKay’s Starry Nights and Lisa Rideout’s Take a Walk on the Wildside also received funding.
All told, BravoFACTUAL has provided $2,686,902 in funding for doc shorts since it launched in 2013.