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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.

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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