Wednesday, July 12, 2017
US$2.35M Hot Docs -Blue Ice Documentary Fund for African Documentary Filmmakers
Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund helps enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community. In 2016, the Fund was renewed with an additional $1.25 million CAD, bringing the total investment to $2.35 million.
The Fund provides development grants of up to 10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to 10 projects annually. Each year, up to five funded projects are also invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program, along with private filmmaker labs at Hot Docs and the Durban FimMart/Durban International Film Festival.
In 2016, the Fund collaborated with The New York Times—Op-Docs to commission shorts from African filmmakers to be showcased on The Times’s Emmy® Award–winning online forum. Five to eight projects will be selected from current and past Fund submissions. These short docs are produced in collaboration with Op-Docs, with grants provided by the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund.
To date, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has awarded funding to 48 projects from 19 countries.
￼How to Apply
Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa and are also living and working in the region.
Applications now open, with a deadline of August 18, 2017.
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