Six Canadian docs to share $103K from Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

Peter Mishara's The Artists and Rama Rau's The Daughter Tree are among the projects selected.
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The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund will distribute $103,000 across six Canadian doc projects.

The $1 million fund was established in 2016 with a gift from the Rogers Foundation to provide financial support to Canadian doc filmmakers.

This year’s recipients include Peter Mishara’s The Artists, which tells the stories of early video game creators; as well as Trinetra Productions’ The Daughter Tree, directed by Rama Rau (No Place to Hide: The Rehtaeh Parsons Story). Rau’s doc explores India’s cultural preference for male children, while following a midwife who advocates for baby girls.

Also receiving a share of the coin is Maureen Judge’s Girls on the Bus. Produced by Makin’ Movies, the doc examines the pressures facing five teenage girls in their final year of high school.

Meanwhile, Michèle Stephenson’s Hispaniola and Maya Gallus’ The Heat: A Kitchen Revolution have also been selected. Hispaniola examines the impact of the Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruling to strip citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, while The Heat gives a behind-the-scenes look at professional cooking by following seven female chefs.

Lastly, Send Us Your Brother from Notice Productions Inc. and the National Film Board (NFB) also received funding. Directed by Nisha Pahuja, the doc that tells the story of “the making of a modern Indian man.”

In other funding news, Hot Docs announced the recipients of a number of other programs.

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Fund selected nine African projects to split $125,000. The recipients are:  Kenya’s Better Sundays from The Film and Laundry Company (directed by Lydia Matata and produced by Achiro Patricia Oluoch); The Good Black from South African production company Zakukuzwe Picture Projects and Cool Take Pictures (directed by Milisuthando Bongela, produced by Batana Vundla and Marion Isaacs); South Africa’s How To Steal A Country from Uhuru Productions Pty Ltd. and SPV Curveball Productions Pty Ltd (directed by Mark Kaplan and Rehad Desai, produced by Zivia Desai Keiper and Rehad Desai); My Friend Gadhgahi from Tunisia’s Majez Production (directed and produced by Rafik Omrani); and Searching for Kikhia from Desert Power, produced and directed by Jihan Kikhia.

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund short/interactive strand selected director and producer Mira Sidawi’s The Wall to receive a $10,000 production grant. In addition to the financial support, Sidawi will also receive a Hot Docs Fellowship – comprised of travel, accommodation and accreditation for the Hot Docs Film fest and enrollment in the cinema’s Doc Accelerator program.

Meanwhile, the CrossCurrent Doc Fund theatrical strand selected Afghanistan’s Midnight Traveler from Hassan Fazili and the U.S. project Two Gods (directed by Zeshawn Ali) as this year’s recipients of the $30,000 prize.