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Film Hot Docs, Blue Ice Film launch $1-million fund for African filmmakers

Canada's premier documentary festival is partnering with a Toronto-based film company to launch a $1-million fund for African movie-makers.

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Film Documentary Fund will support independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries.

The fund was announced at the film festival's pitch forum.

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Officials say disbursements will be made over the next five years to projects in various stages of production. Grants will range from $10,000 to $40,000.

The first application deadline will be this fall.

Hot Docs, billed as North America's largest documentary festival, concludes Sunday.

Hot Docs already administers the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds, which has given 54 Canadian projects more than $1 million in completion grants and $359,000 in no-interest development loans over the past three years.

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