Hot Docs, Toronto's annual festival of documentary film, is offering a new $40,000 grant to the best Canadian pitch at this year's Toronto Documentary Forum.
The forum, an international marketplace for the documentary industry held at the Toronto festival, allows filmmakers to rub shoulders from producers from around the world.
The best pitch award is part of the Canwest-Hot Docs Fund created last year to increase the quantity and quality of Canadian documentaries.
That fund has already handed out $584,000 to Canadian documentary makers.
Participants, to be selected by a group of industry professionals, will have 15 minutes to present their pitch to assembled financiers on May 6 and 7.