Hot Docs is a nonprofit organization based in Canada dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary film and creating production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.

Through film funds, Hot Docs provides Canadian and international documentary projects with development, production, and completion grants, as well as professional development opportunities.

Support is currently available through the following programs:

Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund
This program supports documentary filmmakers telling engaging, high-quality stories that embrace music artists in all their forms and demonstrate Canadian music’s role in the world. The Fund also welcomes international music stories told through the lens of Canadian filmmakers. Support is offered in the form of no-interest repayable loans for development, as well as production grants for features and shorts. Canadian and international production companies are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a corporation unaffiliated with any licensed network or programming undertaking and be the primary rights holder of the project.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund
This program is a fund for filmmakers who live and work on the African continent. The Fund offers grants in development and production for feature or broadcast-length documentaries. All eligible projects will also be considered for The New York Times—Op-Docs short documentary and all successful applications will also be considered for a mentorship program. Applicants must be the primary rights holder of the project and be affiliated with and have a registered production company that is associated with the project in a country on the African continent. 

Note: The CrossCurrents Doc Funds, which aim to promote inclusion in the documentary space, and the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, which supports Canadian documentary projects, are both currently on hold. 

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the Hot Docs website. Applications must be submitted online.