Hot Docs-Blue Ice group fund awards eight African documentary projects

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Blue Ice Group have announce that eight African film projects have been chosen to receive a total of $103 000 in development and production grants from the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund in its sixth round of disbursements. Selected from 114 submissions from 25 different African countries, four projects will receive development grants, and four projects will receive production grants.

Five of the grant recipients will also receive support to attend Hot Docs 2017, where they will take part in a creative filmmakers’ lab, attend Hot Docs screenings, conference sessions, the Hot Docs Forum and various networking events, and participate in a year-round peer-to-peer mentorship programme. They will also receive support to attend and participate in the Durban International Film Festival and Durban Film Market.

The list of recipients – all projects to watch – follows below,via press release:

Development Grants

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Director: Yakout Elhababi
Producer: Vincent Mellili, Hind Saih, Karoline Henkel
Production Company: ESAV Prod, Bellota Films, Woodwater Films
Country: Morocco, France, Germany

LOBOLA, A BRIDE’S TRUE PRICE
Director: Sihle Hlophe
Producer: Sarah Basyouny
Production Company: Passion Seed Communications
Country: South Africa

TESTAMENT
Director: Zippy Kimundu, Meena Nanji
Producer: Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu
Production Company: AfroFilms International
Country: Kenya

THE MASTER’S PLAN
Director: Yuri Ceuninck
Producer: Yuri Ceuninck
Production Company: Kori Kaxoru Films
Country: Cape Verde

Production Grants

SOFTIE
Director: Samwel Soko Osebe
Producer: Bramwel Iro
Production Company: Lightbox
Country: Kenya

AS I WANT
Director: Samaher Alqadi
Producer: Karim El Hakim
Production Company: Prophecy Films
Country: Egypt

LIFT LIKE A GIRL
Director: Mayye Zayed
Producer: Mayye Zayed, Moritz Helmes
Production Company: Rufy’s Films, Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion
Country: Egypt, Germany

WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER
Director: Shameela Seedat
Producer: Shameela Seedat, Francois Verster, Neil Brandt, Brechtje Smidt, Dan Jawitz
Production Company: Undercurrent Film & Television (UFT), Fireworx Media (FWM), Dutch Picture Industry (DPI)
Country: South Africa

Source: Shadow and Act

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