Established in 2011 to enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their stories and contribute to the next generation of African doc talent, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund provides development grants of up to $10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually.
Up to five funded projects will be invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program guided by international mentors. Due to the current global health crisis, the 2022 iteration will be a hybrid model consisting of a private digital filmmaker lab, year-round mentorship from seasoned doc professionals, and participation at Hot Docs and Durban FilmMart/Durban International Film Festival. Historically, these fellowships included round-trip travel, accommodation and accreditation support for these international markets and festivals.
In all cases, both the director and producer must hold citizenship, or have legal permanent residency, and primarily live and work in Africa, and have at least one previous professional credit to their name
The project must be produced and shot in Africa, be either a high-quality feature or broadcast-hour length documentary to audiences both locally and internationally, and be in development, production or post-production as of April 2022. The fund will not consider projects that will be completed by Hot Docs 2022.
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