Doc Impact Fund - Call for Submissions

Date: May 23, 2018

Inspirit’s Doc Impact Program 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 25, 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:

  • Fully financed final or fine cut short (~15+ min), feature (~45+ min), or virtual reality/interactive documentary films produced 2017 or later;
  • A related social impact campaign strategy that includes:
    • Clearideas and realistic goals about potential social impact and key audiences;
    • A potential distribution plan, which may include theatrical or non-theatrical distribution and community or educational screenings;
    • An outreach and key audience engagement strategy that accounts for needed partnership development; or, if a strategy has not been developed, a clear description of your plan to develop a campaign;
  • A sense of how you intend to evaluate and communicate your project’s impact;
  • A feasible budget with respect to intended activities and goals;
  • A project schedule, with start and end dates. Please note, funds must be spent within 18 months of the project start date.


Funding is available for:

  • Registered Canadian non-profits, charitable organizations, or professional independent Canadian filmmaking or production companies;
  • Project activities that take place in Canada;
  • Eligible expenses include:
    • Personnel costs;
    • Strategy and planning development, including consultants;
    • Curriculum and educational tools, research, and development;
    • Evaluation costs;
    • Campaign associated travel;
    • Social media engagement, including website development;
    • Workshop / screening costs;
    • Non-theatrical distribution costs.


  • Production or post-production costs of films;
  • Films that are in rough cut form;
  • Broadcasters and broadcaster-affiliated production companies;
  • Ongoing TV series;
  • Distribution expenses that are not clearly tied to an impact campaign;
  • Activities that take place outside of Canada;
  • Companies or organizations based outside of Canada.

Full details and application form can be found at