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BravoFACT Partners with Hot Docs for Second Consecutive Film Pitch Competition

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  • Bell Media’s BravoFACT, (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) and its documentary funding leg BravoFACTUAL announced today it has partnered once more with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival for its second consecutive short film competition, the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch.

    Taking place Tuesday, May 3 during the 2024 Hot Docs Festival (April 28 to May 8), six Canadian filmmaking teams are given the opportunity to pitch their documentary short to a live audience and a panel of judges for a chance to receive funding for their film. At the event, BravoFACT will award a total of $75,000 for first, second, and third-place prizes of $30,000, $25,000, and $20,000 respectively. The winning shorts from the 2024 inaugural pitch contest, Cree Code Talker, Sinkhole and Hart of Darkness, are currently in production.

    “Bell Media is a proud principal partner of Hot Docs, and we are happy to deepen that partnership with BravoFACT’s support of the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to another year of compelling pitches presented by some of Canada’s great young talents.”

    “BravoFACT is again showing their incredible commitment to Canadian documentary talent, and we are excited to host this remarkable event at this year’s Festival,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “We’re looking forward to seeing the three talented winners have the remarkable opportunity to turn their vision into reality.”

    Beginning now, registered Canadian Hot Docs delegates with Conference, Conference & Networking, or All-Access passes are encouraged to visit to submit their application. Applicants are also welcome to submit their idea on BravoFACTUAL’s upcoming February 26 deadline. Pitch winners are not eligible for double funding, but all applicants are free to apply to both programs. The six teams selected to pitch their short at the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch competition will be notified on Friday, April 15. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 18.

    For information about program requirements and application guidelines, visit