Hot Docs Launches $1 million Film Fund For Africa

Marcus Cruz

Hot Docs looks to kickstart a new generation of African filmmakers with new production fund from Blue Ice Films.

TORONTO – Film financier Blue Ice Films has pacted with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on a $1 million production fund for indie African documentary makers.

  The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Documentary Fund follows Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik of Blue Ice executive producing two Canadian movies shot in Africa, Shake Hands With the Devil, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, and The Bang Bang Club, which Silver directed.

  Hot Docs will hand out coin over five years to create a new generation of African indie producers.

  Blue ice recently teamed up with Doug Mankoff’s Echo Lake Entertainment to launch a separate private equity film fund for mid-budget movies with bankable stars and directors for global sale.