FAQ: Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund Can I apply for post-production funds? Projects in late rough cut, fine cut or completed stage will not be considered. The Fund encourages projects to apply as early as the development stage. When will I know if my application is successful? All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by our staff via email approximately four to five months after the application deadline. A public announcement of all successful projects will be made shortly thereafter. I am in late development and have not yet shot any footage that can be cut into a trailer. What kind of supporting footage should I be submitting? If you have not entered production yet, we recommend cutting together a short audio-visual piece that conveys the tone, message, or style of your project. What is a SENIOR PRODUCER? A senior producer is an experienced producer who meets the Fund’s eligibility requirements, who can serve as a mentor and vouch for the applicant. What does “meaningfully attached to a project” mean? The senior producer agrees to executive produce and oversee the project and confirms their support in a written letter by them, on their letterhead with a signature. Can a senior producer also apply with their own project to the same Fund? Yes, a senior producer can support one emerging producer, and also apply to the same fund as the main producer of their own project. This may be a mitigating factor in the selection committee’s decisions. What qualifies as a commercial release? Films that were acquired in the market by a third party, and either released: theatrically, or by broadcast, or online platforms/VOD. If I received repayable advance for development, when do I need to repay it? There are a few milestones to be aware of for repayment of the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund loan. One is when you officially start the principal photography of the documentary. Another is if you transfer the sale of rights of the documentary to a third party. We don’t charge interest, unless payments are overdue.