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Hot Docs Independent Cinema Relief Fund

From March 23 to May 9, all donations made to Hot Docs via the checkout process or donation form will be put towards the Hot Docs Independent Cinemas Relief Fund that provides urgent financial relief to independent cinemas.

This Fund was developed in consultation with the Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors (NICE).

The Hot Docs Independent Cinema Relief Fund will distribute 14 grants of $2,000 each.

While we wish we could offer grants to all eligible applicants, the submission of an application does not guarantee you will receive a grant. However, this application was designed to be completed in a minimal amount of time. Should fundraising exceed our expectations, the number of grants will increase.


Funding will be awarded based on a juried process that will consider greatest need and geographic representation.

Applicants must:

  • Operate a physical space where the primary purpose is the year-round exhibition of films to public audiences
  • Be an independent cinema - you must not be publicly traded and must not have more than 4 locations
  • Be located in Canada
  • Have exhibited at least three feature length documentaries in the 12 months prior to pandemic closures

Use of Funds

If you are awarded a grant, it must be used for eligible essential costs such as rent, utilities, payroll, insurance, repairs/maintenance required as a result of closures, loan payments, etc. It must not be used for capital purchases, executive salaries or new programming initiatives.

Application Deadline: May 9, 11:59 p.m. ET


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