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

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.

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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