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Group photo of 2021 participants
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Real-world skill development and in-depth labs for emerging and sophomore Canadian talent.

Doc Accelerator fellows participated in a bespoke private lab and industry conference sessions at the annual Hot Docs Festival. The program focused on skills training and career advancement with a goal to foster an inclusive new generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers, and included a paid professional development mentorship the year following the Festival.

Please note: In 2023, Doc Accelerator will not be accepting applications. Instead, please apply to the new Hot Docs Incubator program >>

2022 Fellows


Ten to 14 Doc Accelerator fellows will be selected via an open application process. Applicants to the program must be:
  • Of at least one of the following priority groups: Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, Francophone, Deaf, or living with a disability
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada legally entitled to work
  • An emerging or sophomore storyteller (i.e. three or fewer professional audio-visual production credits as a director or producer)
  • NOT currently enrolled as a student
  • Available flexible hours for the paid mentorship program that will take place at a mutually agreed time between April 2022-April 2023
  • Able to participate in the Hot Docs Festival in April 2022 (there may be the possibility to attend Hot Docs in person)
  • Able to participate in a bi-weekly virtual Emerging Filmmaker Lab, taking place on Tuesday evenings 5:00-6:30 p.m. EST between April and September 2022.

Program & Benefits

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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