Hot Docs has awarded 18 film projects with over CA$300,000 (US$229,743) from four different funds.
Seven Canadian music documentary projects will receive a total of $127,500 in the first round of funding from the new Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund, established in the spring of 2020. Selected from 97 applications, four of the films are from Ontario, two are from British Columbia and one is from Quebec.
Projects to receive development funds include Sam Pollard’s Fight The Power; Stephen Dunn’s I Never Follow The Rules; and Sean O’Neill’s Untitled Mary Margaret O’Hara Project.
Films to secure production funds are Morgan Elliot’s Annie Murray: Full Circle; Shane Belcourt’s The Beautiful Scars of Tom Wilson; Ron Chapman’s The Concert That Broke Up The Beatles; and Kevan Byrne and Tim Kowalski’s Nash The Slash Rises Again!
Elsewhere, the organization has selected eight films — six features and two shorts — to receive development, production and post-production grants totaling $150,000 from the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund. The fund, established with the support of Netflix, was announced during the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.
Feature films to receive development funds include Aïcha Diop’s Gawlo; Lyana Patrick’s In The Wake; Marlene Edoyan’s Spirits Rebellious (pictured); and Pascal Huynh’s William’s Will.
Darlene Naponse’s Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Non-Verbal, meanwhile, has secured a production grant; while Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ Kiimaapiipitsin received post-production funding.
Against the Tide (d. Sarvnik Kaur, India) and Cutting Through Rocks (d. Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni, Iran) are the grant recipients of the CrossCurrents Doc Fund International/Theatrical Stream.
Launched at the 2016 festival by the Panicaro Foundation, the theatrical stream allocates $30,000 each year to one or more full-length feature projects in production by emerging filmmakers.
Finally, Hot Docs and the R&M Lang Foundation have selected Shh…Diam (d. Yihwen Chen, Malaysia) to receive a $10,000 production grant from the CrossCurrents International Doc Fund in its eighth round of disbursements.
The CrossCurrents Doc Fund was established in November of 2013 by the R&M Lang Foundation, and aims to support short, interactive and experimental documentaries from emerging filmmakers working within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.