Documentary Funding opportunities at Hot Docs


Documentaries have the power to change perspectives, strengthen our culture, and challenge the status quo. Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, each spring offering an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to over 200,000 people in the Toronto region. Their production funds provide Canadian and international documentary projects with much-needed development, production and completion grants, as well as valuable professional development opportunities. Here are a couple of their funds:

CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund

A cornerstone of the Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project, the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund is a new funding opportunity that supports a diversity of voices and perspectives with the goal of building a more vibrant, representative and sustainable industry.

The Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project is a new initiative aimed at addressing systemic barriers and opportunity gaps that continue to exist within the documentary film industry. 

The fund is open to emerging and sophomore documentary storytellers who are Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf, with disability, or who are artists of colour.  

The Fund awards grants to 4-8 independent documentary projects a year. 

Project funding support will be provided in the range of $10,000-$50,000 CAD per project. Both short and feature-length projects may be supported with development, production or post-production funding.

Applications open: June 12, 2019
Applications close: August 21, 2019

For additional details, please visit:

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

In June 2016, Hot Docs and the Rogers Foundation founded the $1-million Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund to support Canadian documentary filmmakers.

Over the coming 10 years, production grants will be distributed to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Up to $20,000 will be granted to 3-4 projects each year.

The Fund is open to Canadian filmmakers with projects in production.

Applications open: April 10, 2019
Applications close: June 19, 2019

For details on how to apply, please visit:

The Independent Film Connection of London Ontario (IFCLO) is a non-profit organization created with the purpose of supporting local filmmakers.

Acting as a year-round resource centre for the local filmmaking community, the IFCLO is run exclusively by volunteers who have a passion for film.

The organization's major initiative in 2019 is the Connect and Create program, a series of events created with the purpose of fostering collaboration and connecting London filmmakers with potential funders.

Monica Ulici, IFCLO