Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund: Production Grant

Institution: Hot Docs


The Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for production, with the goal of helping to increase the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund is administered by Hot Docs.

Who can apply


  • be the primary rights holder of the project
  • be the director or producer attached with the film project
  • both the director and producer must hold citizenship, primary residence and work primarily in Africa


  • must be produced and shot in Africa
  • must be either a feature or broadcast length documentary (shorts, series and fiction pieces are not eligible)
  • must be of high quality and suitable for theatrical release and/or television broadcast to audiences both locally and internationally

Funding available

A production grant ranges between 5,000 and 40,000 Canadian dollars and can reach maximum of 50% of the production budget. Eligible costs include those that are standard in the industry during production and post-production.

At the discretion of the selection committee, projects applying to the production fund category may be awarded a completion grant in lieu of a production grant. Completion grants may be awarded to projects at the end of their production or post-production process. Completion grants are cash grants only, and do not include the accompanying mentorship programs or travel support to Hot Docs or Durban International Film Festival.

Contact details

Tel: +1 416 203 2155

Eligible candidates

Types of funding available

Applications accepted from