n 2008 Hot Docs and Canwest partnered in the creation of the Canwest-Hot Docs Documentary Funds. In December of 2010 the funds were renamed the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds. These Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund. Shaw Media’s $4-million infusion into the Canadian documentary production community via the Funds will provide much-needed financial support to filmmakers facing financing gaps at critical stages in their projects. Hot Docs will manage and disperse the Funds’ benefit monies over a next seven-year period.
The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds aim to increase the quantity and quality of social, cultural and political one-off documentaries produced in Canada by Canadian-based production companies. In nurturing Canadian talent and giving voice to a diversity of viewpoints, the Funds will ultimately help Canadian documentaries reach new audiences.
Thus far the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds have supported 54 Canadian documentary projects with $1,000,000 in completion grants and $359,000 in no-interest loans.
Applications for the first round of 2011 disbursements are now being accepted, with a deadline of Wednesday, May 25.
The application process is now entirely electronic and online. Please carefully review the guidelines and required documents for specific information.