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This $2.6-million CAD financing initiative connects a select group of committed investors with Canadian and international feature-length documentary productions seeking financing.

A lead investor in Hot Docs Partners, Toronto-based Blue Ice Docs is committed to match investments, on a case-by-case basis, made by other partners.

In this initiative, Hot Docs employs expertise developed while operating our highly effective market programs, including Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker, our $9-million CAD production fund portfolio, and the relationships we have cultivated with doc filmmakers around the world, to assess and match films in development or production with appropriate investors.

This is a further step in our ongoing efforts to open new sources of financial support for documentary filmmakers by bringing them together with private investors. The 2017 Festival saw the launch of the first look program, which brought a select group of investors to the Hot Docs Forum pitch market to observe project presentations, meet filmmakers and discover potential investment projects.

Hot Docs Partners Projects

FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS
D: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | USA, UK
About meteors and comets and their influence on ancient religions and other cultural and physical impacts they’ve had on Earth.

INFLUENCE
D: Diana Neille, Richard Poplak | South Africa, Canada
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THE LOST LEONARDO
D: Andreas Koefoed | Denmark, France
The inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million, presumed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA
D: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos | P: Sepp R. Brudermann | Venezuela, UK, Brazil, Austria
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SOFTIE
D: Sam Soko | Kenya
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WE ARE HERE
D: Ariel Nasr | P: Sergeo Kirby | Canada
Hot Docs Partners joined SODEC and Canadian Media Fund in supporting Loaded Pictures's We Are Here, a CBC and Canal D documentary.

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