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The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund has invested $3.35 million to enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their stories and contribute to the next generation of African documentary talent. 

​Applications Open: October 5, 2022
Applications Close: November 30, 2022

About the Fund

The Fund provides development grants of up to 10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually. Each year, up to five funded projects are invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program, which includes private filmmaker labs at Hot Docs and the Durban FilmMart/Durban International Film Festival or other festivals and markets in Africa.

The Fund also collaborates with The New York Times—Op-Docs to commission shorts from African filmmakers to showcased on The Times’s Emmy® Award–winning online forum.

To date, the Fund has awarded 78 projects from 24 countries.



Recipient Highlights