The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has selected the recipients of this year’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.
The CA$1 million fund, which was established with a gift from the Rogers Foundation in 2016, offers financial support to Canadian documentary filmmakers in the form of production grants.
The five documentary projects, chosen from 43 applicants, will receive $85,000 in total grants from the fund. Of the five projects, three have been selected from Quebec and two are from British Columbia.
This year’s selected projects include Jeremy Xido’s The Bones (Intuitive Pictures), about the high-stakes business of dinosaur bone trading; Ron Chapman’s The Concert That Broke Up The Beatles (Screen Siren Pictures and Chapman Productions), in which a concert promoter attempts to bring the world’s biggest band to Toronto in 1969; Francois-Xavier De Ruydts’ Explore: An Underground Journey (Peg Leg Films), in which teams of hobbyist cavers attempt to break records for exploring the longest and deepest caves in Canada; Anjali Nayar’s Just a Band (Ink & Pepper Productions), a coming-of-age story about the Afro-electric-pop group of the same name; and Zaynê Akyol’s Rojek, One Day (Metafilms), a rare portrait of terrorist organization the Islamic State as seen via members currently detained in Syria.
“From captivating stories about landmark pop culture moments, shocking discoveries about dinosaur bones, and a riveting look into people’s obscure hobbies and obsessions, we’re so pleased to support these five Canadian projects with funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund this year,” said Heidi Tao Yang, acting industry programs director for Hot Docs, in a statement. “Thanks very much to the Rogers Foundation, whose continued support of Canadian doc film enables these talented filmmakers to share these eye-opening and moving stories.”