Inspirit’s Doc Impact Fund supports social issue documentary film outreach and engagement campaigns that aim to build inclusion and pluralism in Canada and address issues of racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination.
In 2018 we are supporting four (4) Canadian documentary film campaigns that aim to raise awareness about pressing issues related to ethnic, racial, or religious discrimination in Canada, build understanding of underrepresented perspectives, and catalyze action to build inclusion. Special consideration will be given to Indigenous or Muslim-led projects that seek to advance reconciliation or address Islamophobia in Canada. Selected projects will be awarded $25,000.
This program is open to independent Canadian filmmakers and producers who have a recently completed film (short, feature or virtual reality/interactive), and aim to leverage their film to achieve a social change goal related to reconciliation, Islamophobia, or other forms of discrimination based on race, religion, or ethnicity.
Applicants should have a clear sense of how they will work towards the goal through campaign activities that may include research, community outreach, education, distribution, and audience engagement.
We strongly encourage applications from teams lead by Muslim, Indigenous, or racialized individuals with the appropriate lived and professional experience.
Inspirit will award $25,000 to four (4) projects in 2018. Please read the guidelines below before applying.
Applications open: May 22, 2018
Applications deadline: June 29, 2018
Selections announced: August 2018
Canadian documentary film projects with impact campaigns that address issues of racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination. Special consideration will be given to projects that seek to further reconciliation or address Islamophobia in Canada. This requires:
Funding is available for:
Inspirit is using “impact campaigns” to refer to the combination of distribution, outreach, audience engagement, and educational activities associated with documentary films intent on influencing social change.
With the term “impact” we are referring to “change”. This can mean change in attitude, knowledge, and ultimately, behaviour. Change can also happen on an individual level and/or an institutional level, such as shifts in policy.
We will consider campaigns that are local, regional, or national in scope. A critical element in a proposal is a clear articulation of the issue, potential key audiences, and intended impact. This includes how it might be relevant on a local, regional, or national scale.
No. The Doc Impact Fund cannot be used for production funding. Grants must be used for audience engagement and outreach activities.
We are looking for films that have a high potential to support deep audience engagement.
We will consider short films (~15+ min.) and feature length films (45+ min.). Please remember a primary consideration is the strength of the social change campaign being developed around the film.
No, not if addressing racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination in Canada is not a primary focus. We recognize there are many important social, environmental, and political issues, and many films that address them in powerful ways. However, this funding is for films that directly address racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination and, in particular, reconciliation or Islamophobia. Films and applications that address these topics while exploring intersections with other identities–such as gender, sexuality, or disability–or other issues, such as criminal justice, will also be considered.
No. We are focused on documentary film for this pilot program. However, we recognize documentary is an evolving form and we will consider docu-fiction, docudrama, as well as formats such as VR and AR.
Yes. We will consider VR and interactive films if they meet the social impact criteria outlined above.
Yes. However we do not support ongoing TV series. Also, please be aware of potential conflicts depending on the nature of any pre-existing broadcast distribution deals.
Yes. Provided you can show how it is part of your impact campaign and it occurs in Canada.
No. But we will be assessing whether the project goals and activities are feasible with the total budget.
If your project is eligible for other sources of funding or support, we encourage you to seek, or show you have obtained, additional financial or in-kind support.
No. We can only consider one initiative per applicant organization or group.
No. But you must be a registered Canadian business.
Inspirit will support projects that are partnerships between film projects and registered Canadian charities that are qualified donees with the Canada Revenue Agency. In this case, you may indicate the partner charitable organization on the application.
Leveraging documentary film for social change is a growing field. Here are some resources that have inspired us:
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