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May 13, 2021

Call for Applications: Hot Docs Podcast Development Lab

Hosted by Hot Docs Festival

Together with Inspirit Foundation, Hot Docs is thrilled to announce the launch of a new year-round Podcast Development Lab serving BIPOC creators based in Canada.

The lab will offer five fellowships for emerging BIPOC storytellers with non-fiction series ideas in early development. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their podcast ideas and create a proof-of-concept sample that will help take their work to the next level.

Throughout the fellowship, participants will meet as a group and one-on-one with seasoned audio creators and mentors to develop their project ideas, hone their skills, and navigate pathways to success in the podcast industry. Each project will also receive a $1,000 creator grant to support the development of their work.

Applications now open with a submission deadline of May 13, 2021, 11:59pm EST.

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Hot Docs is considerate of technological, social and accessibility barriers to the application process. Accommodations that can be provided to support applicants may include an oral or video submission component. Applicants who require assistance are encouraged to request accommodation at least two weeks before the deadline by contacting Stephanie McArthur via email or by leaving a voicemail at 416-203-2155 ext 262


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506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3, Canada

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000.