About the Program
Prepare to pitch for development funds and a development deal for your project. Sell your project to prestigious festival markets like Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and beyond!
Six emerging and high-potential creators (writers, producers or directors) will be selected for this rigorous and intimate market-preparation course where they’ll develop a successful festival strategy and hone their project pitches and materials to prepare for festivals and markets like the Deal Maker program at Hot Docs.
The Breakthrough Program was created with a mandate to provide more access and inclusion for individuals self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, and/or LGBTQ+ and to increase participation for emerging film creators from underrepresented communities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their application.
Awards & Prizes
Selected filmmakers will get exclusive access to:
For two months leading up to Hot Docs, weekly sessions with acclaimed documentary filmmakers and project-specific feedback from funders, broadcasters, distributors, and peers. As well as workshops, where participants will hone their trailers and work on their pitch materials with story editors, producers, and pitch specialists.
1. Free one-year DOC membership with all its benefits plus an honorarium valued at 600.00 CAD (check https://www.docorg.ca/membership_benefits)
2. The Breakthrough Alumni Network, a private group where alumni share opportunities & information.
3. All-Access Pass to the 2021 Hot Docs Film Festival and Forum*, to attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects, and connect and collaborate with peers.
*Or a festival, market, or forum in Canada of the participant’s choice, with approval and review of the facilitator.