This documentary fund is dedicated to filmmakers telling engaging, high-quality stories that embrace music artists in all its forms and that demonstrate Canadian music’s role in the world.
The Fund also welcomes international music stories told through the lens of Canadian filmmakers.
The Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund will financially support 3-5 documentary projects each year with amounts ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 CAD. Successful applicants will receive creative and professional development support.
- Be a corporation unaffiliated with any licensed network or programming undertaking.
- Be the primary rights holder of the project.
- Be in good standing with Hot Docs by application date.
- Have previously produced one of the following: a documentary or fiction film commercially released; a documentary or fiction film and/or series broadcast on television. The Funds will occasionally consider an applicant that does not meet this specific requirement, provided a senior producer is meaningfully attached to the project as confirmed in writing.
- Be considered one of the following:
- International production companies making films about Canadian musical artists (max. 1 per year*)
- Canadian productions, co-pros or treaty productions making films about Canadian musical artists
- Canadian productions, co-pros or treaty productions making films about International musical artists (max. 1 per year*)
- Be majority owned by the applicant.
- Be a one-off (i.e. series are not eligible)
- Be of high quality and suitable for theatrical release, broadcast or online release to audiences.
* Only a maximum of 1 project that fits within these two descriptions will be considered per granting cycle.
All projects must NOT be:
- Proposals that are school, institute or university course work; or are TV series, web series or fiction pieces.