Delegations offer Scotland-based producers and filmmakers an opportunity to attend the most prominent international documentary festivals, thanks to the support of Screen Scotland. These Festivals include: IDFA (Amsterdam), CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), HotDocs (Toronto), Sheffield DocFest (Sheffield).

Applications are NOW CLOSED for established Scotland-based producers and filmmakers with a feature project (in development, production, post-production or distribution) with confirmed funding from Screen Scotland or another key UK or international funder to apply to attend HotDocs 2020 industry events and Forum. Hot Docs 2020 runs April 30th– May 10th with the industry programming taking place Monday May 4th to Friday May 8th.

Each bursary will include the following:

  • A bursary of up to £1,600 to be used for your travel, accommodation & registration fees;
  • Access to a Hotdocs All Access Pass (including access to the Hot Docs Festival screenings, conference and Forum);
  • Access to preferential accommodation rates in the Festival’s accredited hotels;
  • A session with the Scottish Documentary Institute team to help you make the most of your festival. Date & Location TBC;
  • Delegation members also have access to apply to the one-on-one Deal Maker meetings with Broadcasters and Funders from around the world, and the Distribution Rendezvous meetings with top level distributors, sales agents and festival programmers;
  • Each Sottish delegation member can submit one free film to the Doc Shop, Hot Docs’ on-demand digital video library for international buyers and programmers. All submitted films will be featured in a prominent playlist on the website’s homepage;

Please note that if you would like to submit your project to the HotDocs Forum, you will need to fill in a separate application directly on the Festival’s website, before 6th January 2020.

Hot Docs Forum (May 5th & 6th)
Hot Docs’ renowned international co-financing event returns for its 21st edition, showcasing the best projects from around the world to a round table of international buyers and industry observers. Extended breaks, sit-down lunches, and the closing reception offer ample networking opportunities with the highest levels of industry professionals.

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Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests and our team can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application.


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