2022 Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund Applications

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Application deadline is Wednesday July 27, 2022, 11:59pm EDT

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

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Please direct any questions to funds@hotdocs.ca
PRODUCER APPLICANT DETAILS













JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (JEDI)

Hot Docs aims to be a more diverse and inclusive space. To help us measure and improve upon these efforts, we kindly ask you to respond to the following questions. 


All responses are confidential. Responses will be used for research and statistical analyses only, and will not be used to determine eligibility for the fund. For more details on how the information will be used and who has access to it, please visit our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion FAQ page.







Select all that apply. Categories based on Statistics Canada Framework.


select all that apply
PROJECT DETAILS






Indicate runtime in minutes only. Do not use decimals.








THE STORY

Provide a brief, catchy summary of your story.

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.

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. If the project is experimental or not narrative-driven, describe how it will be constructed. Please be clear about the elements of your film that will remain unknown or unclear and highlight the questions that may steer the direction of your film.

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.
APPLICANT STATEMENTS

What is the creative team's access and connection to the community that your story is about. Explain the collaboration with the protagonists and reflect on the film team's engagement with the community. Why is the core creative team uniquely positioned to make this film? If this is a co-creation project, please describe how this collaboration came about and where the story originated from.

How are you seeking to promote the safety and well-being of your protagonists? If your story contains sensitive subject matter for your protagonists, how are you seeking to reduce the risk that they will be retraumatized, or provide support in the event that they re-experience trauma? Have you completed a risk assessment on your project? If yes, have you identified any risks (digital, legal, journalistic or related to safety and health of the team or your subjects) and what are the mitigation measures that have been put in place?
PRODUCTION

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.

Detail how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you and your project. Explain how you plan on moving the project forward with COVID-specific limitations and safety practices in place.
AUDIENCE & REACH

Describe the anticipated audience for your project, including any underserved audiences. How do you plan to reach your target audience?

Characterize the intended distribution life for your film. Specify plans for festival, theatrical, and/or community screenings, as well as your plans for securing broadcast and/or distribution.

CO-PRODUCTION STATUS


Please add contact information for an applicable co-production partner.





Please include country code, if outside Canada.






MARKET PARTNER
Applications require a primary market partner for consideration. 
The primary market partner is a broadcaster, theatrical distributor or new media partner which will broadcast/distribute the film to the audience. The commitment should demonstrate financial commitment. If there is more than one broadcast partner please list the largest or initial partner. 


 Primary Contact:




Please include country code, if outside Canada.
BUDGET & FINANCING
Requests from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund grants up to 20% of the total production costs to a maximum of $20,000. 

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

*Field will read "error" if no amounts are entered above.

Describe what the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund will be used for in light of your total budget. How would these funds help you move forward with your project?
FINANCING SCENARIO
Please list all funding sources to date that are committed, and the amount sought from other pending sources including the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund to fulfill your budget. Add more funding sources by clicking on "Add Funding Source" below this section.

Do not use commas; use only whole numbers (rounding up to the nearest dollar)
For example $52,321.47 should be listed as 52321




If not applicable, put 0.

If not applicable, put 0.

If not applicable, put 0.


Calculated based on amount from this financing source divided by total budget amount provided above. *Field will read "error" if no proposed total budget amount is entered.

Calculated based on total financing listed above from financing partners

Calculated based on Total Financing divided by Total Budget as provided above. *Field will read "error" if no proposed total budget amount is entered.

Describe the strategy for raising the additional funds necessary to complete the production of the project, particularly as it relates to your non-committed financing partners listed above.
PRODUCTION TEAM & CREDITS
Please fill out one section for each member of the production team and their roles. Include notable credits and/or major recognition or award information. For each key creative team member, include information about relevant expertise and the individual’s role in the project.

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.

PRODUCER




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


PRODUCER 2




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

DIRECTOR (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.


DIRECTOR 2




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

WRITER




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


WRITER 2




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

ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBER




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


ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBER




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


ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBER




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

TRAILERS/FOOTAGE
A maximum of 10 minutes of footage or demos should be submitted using up to two separate links. English subtitles required for areas the language(s) spoken is not in English.

We encourage applicants not to spend extra resources creating a sample for each individual fund. If your current sample is outside of the suggested length requirements, please provide the time codes of the portion of the sample that best reflects your intended style and approach (e.g. 3:15-13:15).


Teasers, demos, trailers, and sample stills or footage must be hosted on a streaming site such as Vimeo and submitted via a link. Trailers can be password protected, but must remain live until November 2022.

Please ensure that your password does not change during this time. We will not follow up with applicants regarding broken links or expired passwords.
SUPPORTING FOOTAGE #1



Please ensure that your password does not change until November 2022.

SUPPORTING FOOTAGE #2



Please ensure that your password does not change until November 2022.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
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 in the guidelines and below. You may be asked to re-submit otherwise. Hot Docs reserves the right to request additional information.

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

INSTRUCTIONS: Please send all documents as a single file pdf file. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTile" 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. If your files exceed these limits, please email funds@hotdocs.ca.  

I am enclosing the following required supporting documents.

Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: TRF-ProjectTitle-Appendix1.pdf. Please insert a consistent project file name where it reads "ProjectTitle".



Please append this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: TRF-ProjectTitle-Appendix2.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: TRF-ProjectTitle-Appendix3.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: TRF-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: TRF-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 this document as a single pdf file with the following filename: TRF-ProjectTitle-Appendix6.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: TRF-ProjectTitle-Appendix7.pdf. For additional files, please use the number formats "Appendix7a", "Appendix7b", etc. 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: TRF-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: TRF-ProjectTitle-Appendix9.pdf. Please use a consistent project file name in all files where it reads "ProjectTitle".
CONFIRMATION

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