Doc Accelerator Lab 2021 Application for Emerging & sophomore doc-makers

Deadline: January 14, 2021

Doc Accelerator Lab 2021 for Emerging & Sophomore Doc-makers

Doc Accelerator fellows will participate in a bespoke private lab where they will learn from industry experts and engage in indepth workshops. Fellows will also participate in Hot Docs Festival’s online industry programming. The program will focus on skills training and career advancement with a goal to foster an inclusive new generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers. Select fellows will also take part in a paid professional development mentorship in the year following the Festival.

Doc Accelerator Lab 2021 Application ELIGIBILITY

Ten to 12 Doc Accelerator fellows will be selected via an open application process. Applicants to the program must be:

  • Of at least one of the following priority groups: Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, Francophone, Deaf, or living with a disability
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada legally entitled to work
  • An emerging or sophomore storyteller (i.e. three or fewer professional audio-visual production credits as a director or producer)
  • NOT currently enrolled as a student
  • Available flexible hours for the paid mentorship program that will take place at a mutually agreed time between April 2021-April 2022
  • Able to participate in the Hot Docs Festival and Emerging Filmmaker Lab, which will take place between April 2021 and September 2021


  • Enrollment in the Doc Accelerator Emerging Filmmaker Lab
  • Hot Docs industry pass, with access to the Hot Docs Forum, films, networking, conference sessions, programs and services.
  • Private intensive creative, professional development, career planning, and skill development sessions
  • Specialized lab workshops on fundamentals, including storytelling, funding and producing, the art of pitching, and promotion and distribution
  • Access to the Hot Docs Online Community for one year

Festival and Lab
Fellows will participate in a private online lab taking place from April through September 2021. During the lab, fellows will hear from a variety of industry experts and will engage in indepth workshops.

Please note that the lab and all festival events are held in English, applicants should be comfortably fluent in English in order to participate.

Paid Professional Development Work Placement
Fellows will be matched with a successful Canadian documentary professional for a paid mentorship opportunity. The fellows will work remotely with their mentor, with significant focus placed on reaching the participant’s personal goals and outcomes for the experience. The work schedule will be determined by each individual placement and production schedule.

Accessibility Support
Hot Docs will work with selected applicants to ensure they are able to fully participate in the program. Resources such as personal support workers or ASL interpreters can be available as needed on an individual basis.

For more Information: Visit the webpage for Doc Accelerator Lab 2021 Application for Emerging & sophomore doc-makers 

Originally posted 2022-08-29 19:43:03.