Rogers Documentary Fund announces more grantees

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The Rogers Documentary Fund, operated by Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, has awarded CDN$1.6 million in grants to 25 doc projects, in a move that it is calling “an unprecedented show of support for independent documentary producers.”

The recently announced grants bring the total funding for 2011 to $2,600,000, which is a 30% increase from its annual budget of $2,000,000.

“This is a critical time for the documentary production industry as broadcast windows for this genre disappear,” said Phil Lind, chair of the board of the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, and vice chair of Rogers Communications.  “Canada has a well deserved, world-wide reputation for its excellence in documentary production and we felt it was important that the Rogers Doc Fund increase its funding of projects as a much-needed boost to the doc community.”

The fund offers grants of up to $75,000 per project for documentaries pre-licensed by a national Canadian broadcaster with a prime-time broadcast commitment.

Projects receiving the latest round of grants include Que vive la mer morte from Intuitive Pictures in Montréal; Fruit Hunters, produced by EyeSteelFilm in Montréal; and Ice, Sweat & Tears from Toronto’s Markham Street Films. In total, 42 French and English documentaries have received monies through the fund in 2011.

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