Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, in partnership with the R & M Lang Foundation, has just announced the CrossCurrents Doc Fund, a new international production fund that aims to foster documentary filmmaking from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. Kensington’s President Robert Lang is the chair of the foundation.
Generously established by the R & M Lang Foundation and administered by Hot Docs, the Fund will provide one successful applicant with a grant of $10,000 each year. The Fund will support short to mid-length works by emerging filmmakers who aim to target broad audiences, reach across a range of communities, and encourage understanding and appreciation of unheard voices.
“It is an honour to announce the CrossCurrents Doc Fund,” says Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw. “This is an initiative born of inspiring generosity and one that will positively impact emerging filmmakers and diverse voices.”
“Many documentaries tell stories of people on the margins of mainstream societies, but they rarely originate from within the communities on which these films focus.” says Robert Lang, documentary filmmaker and chair of the R & M Lang Foundation. “In the belief that there are original, powerful voices not yet being heard, we are delighted to partner with Hot Docs on this initiative.”
In addition to a production grant, the successful recipient will also receive a Hot Docs Fellowship, which includes travel, accommodation, and accreditation to the annual Hot Docs Festival, and enrolment in the Doc Accelerator program and mentorship initiatives.
Submissions for the CrossCurrents Doc Fund are now open. Applicants must be 35 years of age or under and an emerging filmmaker with less than three previous professional directing credits. Applicants from anywhere in the world may apply. The project must be a low-budget, maximum $25,000 CDN, short to mid-length film.
For full eligibility and application information, follow this link at the bottom of the page: http://www.hotdocs.ca/funds/crosscurrents_doc_fund/