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Deadline: Wednesday, November 3 2021,
Hot Docs reserves the right to
close the call for submissions in advance of the published deadline should more
than 200 submissions be received prior to that date.
Hot Docs & Netflix present a new talent discovery initiative that
supports documentary production and creative storytelling by exploring our
world through a comedic, light-hearted lens.
This application must be submitted in English. All financing & budgeting
answers to be submitted in USD currency. *Indicates a required field.
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your progress as you complete the application.
If you have questions about this
application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at
416-203-2155 ext. 249.
Hot Docs is considerate of
technological, social and accessibility barriers to the application process.
Accommodations that can be provided to support applicants may include an oral
or video submission component. Potential applicants who require assistance are
encouraged to request accommodation at least two weeks before the deadline by
As the director/applicant, I certify that:
· I am the (co)director and exclusive rights-holder attached to the film project.
· I have three or fewer professional directing credits to my name.
· I have a demonstrated commitment as a content creator.
· I have read the guidelines and FAQs of the application.
Hot Docs is committed to supporting diverse perspectives and storytelling voices, and encourages directors who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and disabilities to apply. Program applicants may choose to self-identify in the space below.
A documentary or
fiction film (short or feature) released commercially, screened at an international
film festival, or broadcast on television or VOD service.
A documentary or
fiction series broadcast on television or VOD service.
A music video,
web-show, advertising campaign or other content storytelling medium which has
garnered measurable commercial success such as awards, high-yielding audience
engagement metrics, sequels or follow-up commissions.
on the director of the project as well as any key creatives you imagine working
with on this project. Please note that only projects with a director attached
are being selected. For each key creative team member, include information
about relevant expertise and the individual’s role in the project.
your application, you must prepare and upload all required documents. All supporting files must adhere to the filenaming instructions provided
below. You may be asked to re-submit otherwise. Hot Docs reserves the right to
request additional information.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please append all
documents as separate PDF files. Please insert a consistent project file name
where it reads "ProjectTitle".
PDF scans of documents must be at a
resolution between 72dpi and 150dpi. If you have more than one document per
section, please merge them into a single pdf file. The application form will not accept
individual files larger than 25MB. Please check your file size before uploading.
All documents must be submitted in
English or with an accompanying translation.
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By submitting your application, you
hereby consent to the royalty-free irrevocable use by Hot Docs (“Company”) and
its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and
assigns (collectively and individually “Designees”) of your submission
(“Submission”) and of any reproduction of the Submission in an in connection
with the initiative tentatively titled “It's Funny Because It's True” (the
“Initiative”), in any form, in any media, for any purpose, in perpetuity,
world-wide, free and clear of any claim whatsoever on your part. In connection
with the Initiative, you further agree that Company and/or Designees may use
and license others to use your name, sounds, likeness and any biographical
material concerning yourself, in any and all media and in the promotion,
advertising, sale, publicizing and exploitation of the Initiative and/or
otherwise and ancillary products in connection with the Initiative and in
connection with Company and/or Designees or Designees’ affiliated services,
throughout the world, in all media, an unlimited number of times, in
You warrant and represent that You
have the full right to grant all rights granted herein and Company and/or Designees’
use of the Submission will not infringe on the rights of any third party. You represent and warrant that you
own all rights in the Submission and no third party permissions are required in
connection with the rights granted herein. You will indemnify and hold
Company and Designees harmless for any breach of your representations and
warranties hereunder. You shall not enjoin, restrain or interfere with the
production, promotion, distribution, exhibition or exploitation of the
Initiative or any projects produced in connection with the Initiative. You
hereby release the Company and Designees from liability for any violation of
any right you may have in connection with the foregoing use (including without
limitation, claims for idea misappropriation, copyright infringement, trademark
infringement, unauthorized use of name and/or likeness, invasion of privacy and
defamation). You acknowledge that Company and/or Designees may already
have or in the future receive or develop materials independent of the Submission
which may be similar or have identical elements to those in the Submission and
Company and Designees have the unrestricted right to use and exploit those
materials, or projects resulting therefrom without any obligation to you of any
kind. At no point shall this agreement (“Agreement”), or the foregoing deprive
Company and/or Designees of any right it would otherwise enjoy as a member of
the general public.
You hereby waive any right of
inspection or approval of the Submission or of the use that may be made of the
Submission. You acknowledge and agree you are solely responsible for any injury
or damage you may incur as a result of submitting your Submission, including by
way of submitting to any person’s computer or mobile device or entering or downloading
materials or software in connection with said Submission. Company and/or
Designees are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic,
technical or computer failures, or human error of any kind, for inaccurate
transcription of Submissions, or for Submissions that are stolen, misdirected,
garbled, delayed, lost, late, or damaged. Company and/or Designees reserves the
right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily
or permanently, the Initiative, with or without prior notice, including due to
reasons outside its control. The decisions of Company and/or Designees
regarding the Initiative in all matters are final and binding. This Agreement
constitutes the entire understanding and agreement between the parties
concerning the subject hereof and may not be changed, modified or altered. You
acknowledge and agree that prior to selection as a grant recipient for the
Initiative (if applicable), you and Company will enter into a more formal grant
agreement. Until such time, the terms herein shall govern and control.
This Agreement and all matters or issues collateral thereto shall be governed
by California law, and the exclusive forum for any dispute (including any
non-contractual matter or dispute relating hereto) shall be the California
I hereby represent
and warrant that the information contained herein is true and complete. I
authorize Company and Designees to discuss this application with any other
potential financiers and collaborators. I agree that I shall notify Company's
team immediately if and when any changes occur to any of the submitted
documents or information and shall provide written details of the same.
You will be contacted by email about your application.