Hot Docs has launched its new year-round Podcast Development Lab serving emerging BIPOC creators based in Canada. The new Lab will offer five fellowships for non-fiction series ideas in the early stages of development.
Throughout the program, participants will work with seasoned audio creators and mentors to develop their story ideas, hone their skills, and navigate pathways to success in the podcast industry. Each project will also receive a $1,000 grant to support its development.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these seven creators to participate in our inaugural Podcast Development Lab,” said Hot Docs Managing Director Alan Black. “Their projects got us excited both by the important and rich stories they are aiming to tell as well as their dynamic and creative approaches. We’re so pleased to be able to provide these up-and-coming podcasters with the mentorship they need to further develop their project and bring it to the next level.”
The 2021 Lab will continue until the end of September with seven podcast creators and five projects participating in the inaugural program. In order to apply, principal applicants must be either Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour; be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; an emerging or sophomore storyteller; and have a non-fiction podcast series idea in early development.
The selection committee for the Podcast Development Lab includes Toronto podcasters and producers Al Donato (Born and Raised, HuffPost Canada) and Aliya Pabani (We Are Not the Virus, Apple Podcasts), and Stephanie McArthur, Senior Industry Programs Manager for Hot Docs.
For more information, visit the Hot Docs website.