Doc Institute: Breakthrough Program!

Applications are open for the 2021 Doc Institute Breakthrough Program!

Prepare to pitch for development funds and a development deal for your project. Sell your project at the prestigious Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and beyond! Eight emerging and high-potential producers will be selected for this rigorous and intimate market-preparation course where they’ll develop a successful festival strategy and hone their project pitches and materials to prepare for one of two Breakthrough Awards and the Deal Maker program at Hot Docs.

 Selected filmmakers will get exclusive access to:

  • Two intensive weekend workshops, where participants will hone their trailers and work on their pitch materials with story editors, producers, and pitch specialists.
  • For two months leading up to Hot Docs, weekly sessions with acclaimed documentary filmmakers and project-specific feedback from funders, broadcasters, distributors, and peers.
  • All-Access Pass to the 2021 Hot Docs Film Festival and Forum, to attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects and connect and collaborate with peers.
  • Free one-year DOC membership.
  • The Breakthrough Alumni Network, a private group where alumni share opportunities & information.

The 2021 Breakthrough Program concludes with the opportunity to pitch their projects to receive the Breakthrough Development Award:

  • $20,000 cash prize from the Rogers Group of Funds
  • Development deal from CBC
  • Mentorship and professional development support from the DOC Institute

The Program commences with two weekend bootcamps in late January and late February, followed by weekly workshops for seven weeks on Wednesday evenings in March and April. We encourage all qualified Ontario-based professionals to apply. Learn more about past participants here.

The Breakthrough Program was created with a mandate to provide more access and inclusion for individuals self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, and/or LGBTQ+ and to increase participation for emerging film creators from underrepresented communities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their application. 

Application Deadline: December 13, 2020 before midnight (EDT). Apply now!