BravoFACT Partners with Hot Docs for Second Consecutive Film Pitch Competition During 2016 Festival

— February 10, 2016

– BravoFACT contributing $75,000 for pitch contest winners –
– Next BravoFACTUAL submission deadline February 26 –

TORONTO (February 10, 2016) – 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 2016 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 2015 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

About Hot Docs
Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 23rd annual edition from April 28 to May 8, 2016. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

Hot Docs is proud to include Scotiabank as its Presenting Platinum Partner, Bell Media, CBC Docs and Rogers Group of Funds as its Presenting Partners, and Telefilm Canada and the Government of Ontario as its Major Supporters.

About BravoFACT
Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. bravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at September 2013, Bravo introduced BravoFACTUAL awards to be granted by the BravoFACT(Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) jury for the production of short form documentary projects. Selected projects are eligible to apply for up to a maximum $50,000 in production funding. Following the same mandate as for scripted BravoFACT shorts, BravoFACTUAL projects will reflect themes, large and small, produced by directors and producers from across Canada.


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