2020 Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund Application 

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, 11:59pm EDT.

 

The application must be submitted in English. All financing & budgeting answers to be submitted in Canadian currency.


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If you have any questions about this application, please review our FAQ page or contact funds@hotdocs.ca. 

APPLICANT DETAILS




please include area code

please include area code
Company Details






Please only list the primary country in which your production company is based, not necessarily the country you are shooting in.
PROJECT DETAILS

Once you select the length and stage of the project, the corresponding budget & financing questions will appear below.
Once you select the length and stage of the project, the corresponding budget & financing questions will appear below.


Please do not put "Working Title" in the title of the project. We assume all title are working titles.







Please select "no" if you are not certain as to the answer.


THE STORY
Provide a brief, catchy summary of your story.

Give an overview of your story, introducing the main characters and potential plot points. Describe the anticipated story structure and narrative trajectory, or potential character arcs for your project.



Why is this topic important, timely, or relevant? Why are you the best person to make a film about this? Explain the cultural or social relevance and context for the topic, and why this project is timely or urgent. Detail the topics, issues, themes, challenges, stakes, or questions that your project will cover. Address how the story adheres to the mandate of the fund by elaborating on: when the content is focused primarily on Canadian musical artists, how it demonstrates Canadian music’s role in the world, or how and why it’s important to tell the stories of international musical artist through the lens of Canadian filmmakers.

How are you going to tell this story? Describe your creative vision for the finished project – its visual look and feel. Explain your intended use of cinematic language or any particular artistic approach that informs the storytelling. If applicable, mention any creative elements and assets, interactive elements, new technologies or non-traditional mediums that you intend to utilize. Explain how these elements will enhance the experience and interaction between viewers and the world of the story.

Explain the current status of the project. Outline the projected production timeline from the project's current state to the anticipated completion date. Your timeline should cover both the creative and production processes and should detail major project activities, production schedules, and anticipated post-production and release dates. Please also include information on rights, access to interview subjects, etc. Address the status of music and/or archival rights of the project.
AUDIENCE & REACH

Describe the anticipated audience for your project, including any underserved audiences. How do you plan to reach your target audience? How have you addressed the needs and interests of this audience in your film?
Hint: if you have an impact plan for your film, you can also answer it here.
CO-PRODUCTION / TREATY STATUS

If yes, please add the following information for the applicable primary co-production or treaty partner. You will be asked to include a signed agreement.






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please include country and area code





PRODUCTION TEAM

Please fill out one section for each member of the production team and their roles. 


Please include the roles that are applicable and/or vital to the creation of your story. Additional team members can be added at the bottom of this section. 

Director



Please include the following info for all previous credits: Project Name, Role on Project, Year of Production, Name of the production company.
 Producer
(if different than above)



Please include the following info for all previous credits: Project Name, Role on Project, Year of Production, Name of the production company.
Other Production Team Members (Optional)



Please include the following info for all previous credits: Project Name, Role on Project, Year of Production, Name of the production company.
Other Production Team Members (Optional)



Please include the following info for all previous credits: Project Name, Role on Project, Year of Production, Name of the production company.
Other Production Team Members (Optional)



Please include the following info for all previous credits: Project Name, Role on Project, Year of Production, Name of the production company.
Other Production Team Members (Optional)



Please include the following info for all previous credits: Project Name, Role on Project, Year of Production, Name of the production company.
MARKET PARTNER

If applicable, please indicate whether the project has a confirmed market partner on-board. The primary market partner is a broadcaster, theatrical distributor or new media partner which will bring the film audiences. The commitment should demonstrate financial commitment. If there is more than one broadcast partner please list the largest or initial partner. 







FEATURE FILM DEVELOPMENT BUDGET & FINANCING

Requests for no-interest feature film development loans from the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund may be up to $15,000 CDN per project and may be up to 100% of the development budget. 


Do not use commas or decimals. Use only whole numbers.


Do not use commas or decimals. Use only whole numbers.
FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION BUDGET & FINANCING

Requests for feature film production grants from the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund may be up to $60,000 CDN per project and up to 50% of the production budget. 


If you are applying for post-production funding, please indicate the project’s production budget. Under the “grant impact”, explain your funding gap and what post-production services you would be spending this grant on. 


Do not use commas or decimals. Use only whole numbers.


Do not use commas or decimals. Use only whole numbers.
SHORT FILM PRODUCTION BUDGET & FINANCING

Requests for short film production grants from the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund may be up to $30,000 CDN per project and may be up to 50% of the production budget. 


If you are applying for post-production funding, please indicate the project’s production budget. Under the “grant impact”, explain your funding gap and what post-production services you would be spending this grant on. 


Do not use commas or decimals. Use only whole numbers.

Please enter a number (without decimals or % sign).

Do not use commas or decimals. Use only whole numbers.
GRANT IMPACT

Describe what the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund money will be used for in light of your total budget. How would these funds help you move forward with your project?
FINANCING STRUCTURE

Please list all committed funding to date, and all pending/planned financing sources. This should total your entire development budget or your entire production budget, depending on which stream you are applying to. This includes the pending amount sought from the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund. You can add each financing sources, by clicking on "Add Source".

Do not use commas; use only whole numbers (and round up to the nearest dollar)
For example $52.321.41 should be listed as 52321

Your total budget should match the total financing you input below. You need to demonstrate how the project might be financed at this stage.

Financing Partner



In Canadian dollars.

This should match your total budget.
This should add up to 100%.
Describe the strategy for raising the additional funds necessary to complete the production of the project in CDN currency, particularly as it relates to your non-committed financing partners listed above.
SUPPORTING FOOTAGE
A maximum of 10 minutes of supporting footage may be submitted using up to two separate links. 

Teasers, trailers, and sample footage must be hosted on an independent website such as Vimeo and submitted via a link. Trailers can be password protected, but must remain live until November 2020. Please ensure that your password does not change during this time. We will not follow up with applicants regarding broken links or expired passwords.

Footage/trailers if in a language other than English must be accompanied by English subtitles.
Supporting Footage #1



Please ensure that your password does not change until November 2020.

Supporting Footage #2



Please ensure that your password does not change until November 2020.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
All documents must be submitted in English or with an accompanying translation.

To complete your application, you must prepare and upload all required documents, as described in the guidelines. All supporting files must adhere to the filenaming instructions provided below as well as in the guidelines. You may be asked to re-submit otherwise. Hot Docs reserves the right to request additional information. Please note, if your project is accepted for funding, Hot Docs will require additional documents including proof of incorporation. 

INSTRUCTIONS: Please send all documents as a single pdf file with the filename as instructed below. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle" to reflect the name of your film. 

The application form will not accept individual files larger than 25MB. Please check your file size before uploading. 

I am including the following required supporting documents:
Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix1.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append this document as a pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix2.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append each document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix2.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".  For additional files, please use the number formats "Appendix2a", "Appendix2b", etc. 
Please append this document as a pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix3.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append each document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix3.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append this document as a pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix4.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append each document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix4.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".  
Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix5.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
If the CAVCO A application is not available at the time of application, we will also accept a signed letter by the producer attesting that the project is a Canadian production that follows the CAVCO/CRTC criteria. Please outline the key creative personnel along with their points. 
Please append each document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix6.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".  
If applicable. Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix7.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append each document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix7.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".  
If applicable. Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix8.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append each document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix8.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".  
Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix9.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: SFF20-ProjectTitle-Appendix9.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
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