By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 7, 2014 at 4:40PM
Applications are now open for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund's 2014 funding cycle. The $1 million Fund provides development and production grants to African documentary filmmakers, as well as mentorship and networking opportunities that support accessing the international documentary community and market.
Applications will be open for professional filmmakers who are residing citizens of continental African countries and who work in the region.
Deadline to apply is August 22, 2014.
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $3000 - $10,000 and Production grants of $5000 - $40,000 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.
In addition to financing, the initiative also offers valuable resources to support production and professional development, and offers filmmakers opportunities to access the international documentary community. Through an accompanying peer-to-peer mentorship program, grantees may team up with international production partners to bring their projects to international markets, festivals, broadcast and online audiences. Additionally, grantees will have travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab.
To date, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has awarded a total of $383,000 to 23 projects.
The application period for the 2014 round of disbursement is now open, with a final deadline of August 22, 2014, at 5pm EST.
Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Development Grant
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund will provide successful applicants with a development grant of between $3000 and $10,000 CDN which could reflect up to 100% of the development budget. Grant money must be spent in the region on development activities and pre-production. Eligible costs include research, development of a script and story proposal and production of a teaser or trailer. Other eligible costs may include production of pitch and marketing materials, community engagement strategy research as well as distribution strategy research.
Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Production Grant
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund will provide successful applicants with a Production Grant of between $5,000 and $40,000 CDN to maximum of 50% of the production budget. Eligible costs include those that are standard in the industry during production and post-production.