The Podcast Development Lab

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Hot Docs, together with Inspirit Foundation and Amazon Music, is thrilled to launch this lab serving BIPOC creators who are based in Canada and have non-fiction podcast ideas in development.

Please read the complete guidelines before completing the application form.

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Applications due by February 28, 2023 11:59pm EST

Hot Docs aims to be a more diverse and inclusive festival. To help us measure and improve upon these efforts, we kindly ask you to respond to the following questions. All responses are confidential and will be used for research and statistical analyses.

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

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I certify that I am
    • Of at least one of the following priority groups: Black, Indigenous, a person of colour 
    • A Canadian citizen or resident of Canada 
    • An emerging or sophomore storyteller (please see Applicants section below for more information) 
    • NOT currently enrolled as a student  
    • Able to participate in a lab taking place on Wednesday evenings 5:00pm – 6:30pm (EST) between June and August 2023* 
    • Have a non-fiction limited podcast series idea in development that can be honed in September and October 2023 in preparation for an in-person October 2023 showcase event in Toronto. (Please see Project section below for more information) Shape 

    eg certificate programs, workshop training, official internships, community program etc.

    Please tell us about the podcast limited series idea that you have in development that you would like to work on and further develop in the lab.

    You will be contacted by email about your application. 

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    Hot Docs Podcast Development Lab together with Inspirit Foundation and Amazon Music.