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Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Award $120,000 to Five Canadian Doc Projects

Hot Docs and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that five projects have been chosen to receive a total of $120,000 in grants from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its fifteenth round of disbursements. With these five projects, a total of 143 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $3,270,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the next round of funding will open in May 2016.

Discover which Canadian projects received funding.


   Posted: Wed, September 02, 2015 - 10:15 | #

Hot Docs Festival Submissions Open September 21

Submissions for the 2016 Hot Docs Festival will open on September 21, 2015. Newly revised submission guidelines and FAQs are available online.

Early-Bird Deadline: November 18, 2015
Deadline: December 9, 2015

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   Posted: Tue, September 01, 2015 - 5:34 | #

Hot Docs Hits TIFF 2015: Meet Staff at This Year’s Festival

A number of Hot Docs staff, including executive director Brett Hendrie, president Chris McDonald, industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw, and associate director of programming Sarafina DiFelice, will be in attendance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 10 to 20.


   Posted: Tue, September 01, 2015 - 5:33 | #

Hot Docs Hits IFP’s Independent Film Week

Hot Docs associate director of programming Sarafina DiFelice and industry programs manager Stephanie McArthur will be in attendance at IFP’s Independent Film Week, September 20 to 25.


   Posted: Tue, September 01, 2015 - 5:32 | #

Congratulations to Hot Docs Alumni Premiering at TIFF

Congratulations to Shaw-Media Hot Docs Funds recipient Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (D: Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard), Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipient Nasser (D: Jihan El-Tahri), and Hot Docs Forum project In Jackson Heights (D: Frederick Wiseman) screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, September 10-20.


   Posted: Tue, September 01, 2015 - 2:57 | #

Hot Docs Names Shane Smith as New Director of Programming

Hot Docs is delighted to announce that Shane Smith will join the team as the organization’s new director of programming. Shane brings years of festival experience and expertise to the position, having headed up the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and programmed for TIFF, Sundance and the Inside Out Festival among others.

“Shane has built a well-earned reputation as a champion of original and visionary filmmakers, and his innovative programming reflects his own passion to inspire, inform and entertain film goers,” says executive director Brett Hendrie. “I can’t wait for our audiences to meet him.”

Shane comes to Hot Docs from the Toronto International Film Festival where as the director of special projects he oversees a range of initiatives and events, including large-scale strategic projects, TIFF in the Park, Nuit Blanche, the digiPlaySpace travelling exhibition, and Short Cuts programming for TIFF.

“As a long time attendee of the Festival and a life-long lover of the documentary form, I’m thrilled to be joining the stellar team at Hot Docs,” says Shane. “Having witnessed first-hand the incredible growth of the organization, I’m looking forward to playing my part in the evolution of the Festival by continuing to bring the finest documentaries in the world to Toronto audiences.”

Shane will join the Hot Docs team at the beginning of October.

Welcome Shane!

Photo: George Pimental


   Posted: Wed, August 19, 2015 - 9:14 | #

Sarafina DiFelice Steps into New Role as Associate Director of Programming

Hot Docs is also pleased to announce that current programming manager Sarafina DiFelice will assume the new position of associate director of programming. Through her outstanding work at the Festival and Doc Soup, Sarafina has helped to develop some of Hot Docs’ most successful programs, while building outstanding relationships with Toronto audiences and the international documentary community. In her new larger role, she will be taking on new strategic assignments designed to help build Hot Docs’ programming brand, outreach and reputation for excellence.


   Posted: Tue, August 18, 2015 - 10:23 | #

RACING EXTINCTION to Open Doc Soup 2015-16 Season

Doc Soup Toronto’s 2015-16 season will open with the Canadian premiere of Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) embarks on an urgent mission to save endangered species. Never-before-seen images and footage reveal just how close we are to causing mass extinction, potentially losing half of all species by the end of the century. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the team delves into the two worlds driving extinction—the dangerous international black-market trade of endangered wildlife and the disastrous environmental consequences of human activity. Emotional and inspiring, Racing Extinction is a wake-up call to preserve a thriving planet before it’s too late.

Racing Extinction will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, October 8, at 6:45 p.m. Co-producer Gina Papabeis will be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in post-screening Q&As.

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   Posted: Thu, August 13, 2015 - 9:12 | #

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Fund Fellows Win at Durban

While attending the Durban FilmMart, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund fellows Zipporah Nyaruri and Peggy Mbiyu won the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam prize and the AfriDocs prize for their documentary project Truck Mama. Fellows Jean Meeran and Zinaid Meeran (Blindness) were awarded the New Cinema Network prize for their fiction project Riot Waif.


   Posted: Wed, August 05, 2015 - 2:13 | #

Doc Days of Summer at the Bloor

Enjoy the final days of summer by catching up on some of the year’s best docs, including The Backward Class, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Salt of the Earth, The Wolfpack, and more!

Dates: August 28 - September 10, 2015
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   Posted: Tue, August 04, 2015 - 2:03 | #

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Recipients to Attend Durban International Film Festival

Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw and the 2014 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund fellows will be attending the Durban International Film Festival and Durban FilmMart from July 17-21, where they will participate in a variety of networking and educational sessions.


   Posted: Tue, June 30, 2015 - 6:09 | #

Fund Your Film: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Fund Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund. The Fund provides development and production grants, along with mentorships and international networking opportunities, to professional filmmakers who are residing citizens of continental African countries and who work in the region.

Application Deadline: August 19, 2015
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   Posted: Tue, June 30, 2015 - 5:15 | #

Hot Docs Guide to International Decision Makers—On Sale Now

With over 210 contacts and vital information about the international broadcast and digital players, the Hot Docs Guide to International Decision Makers is an invaluable resource for any producer. Get yours today!

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   Posted: Tue, June 30, 2015 - 5:10 | #

Hot Docs Official Selections Secure Distribution Deals

Congratulations to all the Hot Docs 2015 official selections that have recently secured distribution deals. Titles include:


   Posted: Tue, June 30, 2015 - 5:10 | #

Hot Docs Presents Panamania at the Bloor

Join us this summer for Hot Docs Presents: A Celebration of Pan American Culture Through Film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

Exploring the diverse stories, vibrant cultures and remarkable contributions of Pan American peoples, the series includes BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, SENNA, MARLEY and more!

Dates: July 11 & 12, August 8 & 9
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   Posted: Tue, June 30, 2015 - 12:19 | #

Doc Soup 2015-16: Subscribe Today!

Don’t miss your chance to subscribe to the 2015-16 Doc Soup season. Running October through April, Hot Docs’ monthly screening series brings seven of the world’s hottest docs to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, with special guests at every screening. Subscribers also receive Hot Docs 2016 Festival tickets. Subscribe today!

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   Posted: Mon, June 15, 2015 - 2:00 | #

Bring Hot Docs Home with Industry Sessions on Vimeo

Experience Hot Docs year-round with select 2015 industry conference sessions on Vimeo, including presentations and discussions with leading documentary filmmakers and industry luminaries.

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   Posted: Tue, June 02, 2015 - 3:16 | #

Chris McDonald Named International Superhero at New Zealand’s Documentary Edge Festival

On Friday, May 29, Hot Docs president Chris McDonald was awarded Documentary Edge Festival’s International Superhero Award, which recognizes an individual’s significant and essential contribution to the international documentary industry. “We are tremendously lucky and grateful to have the support of a visionary leader. Chris has generously provided us with his sage advice to enable us to grow under his tutelage,” said Alex Lee and Dan Shanan, co-directors of Documentary Edge Festival.

Chris will next be attending the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Myanmar from June 14 to 19, where he will serve on the jury for the international competition.


   Posted: Tue, June 02, 2015 - 2:50 | #

Hot Docs Volunteer Wins 2015 June Callwood Award

Congratulations to long-time Hot Docs volunteer Rhonda B. Cohen who received the 2015 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, recognizing individuals for superlative volunteer contributions to their communities.

Thank you to Rhonda B. and all our wonderful volunteers who make the smooth operation of the Hot Docs Festival and our year-round activities possible.


   Posted: Tue, June 02, 2015 - 2:30 | #

Record-Breaking Audiences of 200,500 at Hot Docs 2015

Hot Docs has wrapped its 22nd edition with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 200,500. The 11-day event featured 452 public screenings of 210 films on 17 screens across Toronto, an internationally renowned conference and market for documentary professionals, and Docs For Schools, a phenomenally popular education program for youth. The Festival welcomed more than 300 guest filmmakers and subjects from across Canada and around the world to present their films and take part in special post-screening Q&A sessions with audiences. Official film selections were chosen from a total of 2724 films submitted to the Festival.

At the Festival, Hot Docs presented the third edition of the Scotiabank Big Ideas series, featuring screenings and live onstage discussions with prominent documentary subjects, including Grammy-nominated comedian Tig Notaro, charismatic former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Danny Williams, journalist Andy Greenberg, the parents of DEEB WEB subject Ross Ulbricht, ex-Fugee Pras Michel, Olympic Gold Medal-winning hockey player Charline Labonté, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean, and American college football player Conner Mertens. This year also saw the launch of the DOCX program, which featured a virtual reality installation of four short films and an interactive live performance launching the final chapter of the NFB’s acclaimed HIGHRISE digital documentary series.


   Posted: Tue, June 02, 2015 - 2:20 | #

UNBRANDED Wins Vimeo On Demand Audience Award

After the final screening yesterday, audience votes were tallied for the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award. The winner is UNBRANDED (D: Phillip Baribeau, USA), the story of four young men on an adventure of a lifetime as they ride over 3000 miles from Mexico to Canada on adopted wild mustangs. Second place goes to LOWDOWN TRACKS (D: Shelley Saywell, Canada) and third is THE MESSENGER (D: Su Rynard; Canada, France).

The top 20 audience favourites as determined by audience vote are:

1.) UNBRANDED (D: Phillip Baribeau, USA)
2.) LOWDOWN TRACKS (D: Shelley Saywell, Canada)
3.) THE MESSENGER (D: Su Rynard; Canada, France)
4.) MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER (D: Moyoung Jin, South Korea)
5.) RADICAL GRACE (D: Rebecca Parrish, USA)
6.) HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD (D: Jerry Rothwell; UK, Canada)
7.) FRACTURED LAND (D: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher; Canada)
8.) OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH (D: John Rowe, USA)
9.) WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? (D: Liz Garbus, USA)
10.) FRAME BY FRAME (D: Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach; USA)
11.) MAVIS! (D: Jessica Edwards; Canada, USA)
12.) ATTACKING THE DEVIL: HAROLD EVANS AND THE LAST NAZI WAR CRIME (D: Jacqui Morris, David Morris; UK, Canada)
13.) THE BARKLEY MARATHONS: THE RACE THAT EATS ITS YOUNG (D: Timothy Kane, Annika Iltis; USA)
14.) SPEED SISTERS (D: Amber Fares; Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada)
15.) TRANSFATTY LIVES (D: Patrick O’Brien, USA)
16.) TIE: MUSIC LESSONS (D: Michael Mabbott, Canada) and NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY (D: Rama Rau, Canada)
18.) ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (D: Suzanne Crocker, Canada)
19.) SURVIVORS ROWE (D: Daniel Roher, Canada)
20.) FINDING MACPHERSON (D: Serge Giguère, Canada)


   Posted: Tue, June 02, 2015 - 2:10 | #

Check Out the Hot Docs Collection on Vimeo On Demand

Vimeo is offering an exclusive 20% off discount for any film in its curated selection of Hot Docs Festival favourites, award winners, and films nurtured by Hot Docs industry programs. Use the promo code HOTDOCS to receive your discount (valid for any one title within the collection from now through September 1).

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   Posted: Tue, June 02, 2015 - 1:56 | #

Hot Docs Unveils Community Partnership with TIFF for In Conversation With… Kevin Macdonald

Academy Award-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald joins TIFF onstage to discuss his career balancing incisive documentaries (Oscar winner One Day in September, Touching the Void, Marley) with acclaimed narrative features (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Black Sea).



Date: Saturday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

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   Posted: Mon, June 01, 2015 - 1:22 | #

Hot Docs Hits Cannes and Yorkton Film Festival

Hot Docs industry programmer and Forum producer Dorota Lech will be attending Marché du Film at the Festival de Cannes from May 13 to 22, where she will participate in Doc Corner. Hot Docs industry programs manager Stephanie McArthur will be attending the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan from May 21 to 24, where she will speak on one of the 2015 Festival Panels.


   Posted: Wed, May 13, 2015 - 4:26 | #

Fund Your Project with Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds

Are you a Canadian filmmaker with a doc-in-progress? The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds offer completion grants and no-interest development loans to help finance social, cultural and political one-off documentaries produced in Canada by Canadian-based production companies.

Applications open June 3, 2015.
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   Posted: Wed, May 13, 2015 - 4:26 | #

Join Your Colleagues June 1-3 in Santa Monica for Realscreen West

The next must-attend event for anyone in the production, distribution or broadcasting of reality television and factual entertainment. Three days of inspirational content and unprecedented networking opportunities. Register now and start networking with delegates. Registration includes access to the Realscreen Awards!

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   Posted: Wed, May 13, 2015 - 4:25 | #

Five Hot Docs Hits at Bell Media Best of Hot Docs in Winnipeg

The Bell Media Best of Hot Docs returns to Winnipeg as part of Gimme Some Truth. The program will feature the Winnipeg premieres of five outstanding Hot Docs 2015 hits, including 2015 award winners THE AMINA PROFILE and CHAMELEON.

Dates: May 30 & 31, 2015
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   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 4:30 | #

NABOB - Proud Sponsors of Real Conversation

The Nabob Coffee Co. is proud to be a sponsor of Hot Docs. Click below to watch their latest mini-doc, Jhoan’s Coffee Story.

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   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 4:27 | #

Bring Hot Docs Home With You

Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook has curated a fantastic collection of past Hot Docs Festival favorites on SundanceNow Doc Club, the streaming service dedicated to documentaries. The collection includes Citizenfour director Laura Poitras’ film The Oath, the story of Osama bin Laden’s personal bodyguard, and Planet of Snail, the love story between a deaf-blind poet and his wife. Watch these films and more FREE now with a 30 day trial of SundanceNow Doc Club.

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   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 4:27 | #

Bell Media Best of Hot Docs Wraps Successful Weekend at Global Visions

This weekend at Global Visions 2015 the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs showcased the Edmonton premieres of five outstanding hits from Hot Docs 2015. The Global Visions 2015 festival runs until Monday, May 18.

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   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 4:25 | #

WELCOME TO LEITH Wins 2015 Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award

As voted by attending filmmakers with official selections in the Festival, the 2015 Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award winner is WELCOME TO LEITH (D: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker; USA), the real-life horror story of a dangerous white supremacist’s attempt to buy land in Leith, North Dakota, and establish a community of neo-Nazis.


   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 3:55 | #

T-REX Wins Docs For Schools Students’ Choice Award

Doc For Schools, Hot Docs’ education program that runs during the Festival and offers free in-theatre and in-school screenings of select Festival films, reached a record number of students in 2015. An estimated 87,000 students participated in the program, including schools in Toronto and throughout Ontario.

Selected by student ballot from among 10 Docs For Schools selections that screened at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema during the Festival, the winner of the inaugural Docs for Schools Students’ Choice Award is T-REX (D: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper; USA), the story of boxing phenomenon Claressa “T-Rex” Shields.


   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 3:50 | #

Hot Docs 2015 Awards Announced

On Friday, May 1, at a reception hosted by Garvia Bailey, host of Good Morning Toronto! on Jazz.FM91, at the Shangri-La Hotel, 12 awards and $61,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.

Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (D: Charles Wilkinson; P: Charles Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler; Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Screening again on Saturday, May 2, at 8:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Sunday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart House Theatre.

Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
THE AMINA PROFILE (D: Sophie Deraspe; P: Isabelle Couture; Canada)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award
Ryan Mullins, CHAMELEON
Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Panicaro Foundation.

Best International Feature Documentary Award
THE CLOSER WE GET (D: Karen Guthrie; P: Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope; UK)
Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Panicaro Foundation.

Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary
THE LIVING FIRE (D: Ostap Kostyuk; P: Daniil Vulitsky; Ukraine)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Screening again on Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall.

In the Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary category, the jury gave an honourable mention HOT SUGAR’S COLD WORLD (D: Adam Lough; P: Adam Lough; Hunter Stephenson; USA).

Emerging International Filmmaker Award
Evangelia Kranioti, EXOTICA, EROTICA, ETC.
Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Panicaro Foundation.
Screening again on Saturday, May 2, at 9:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Theatre.

Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
WARRIORS FROM THE NORTH (D: Søren Steen Jespersen; P: Nasib Farah; Denmark)
The award includes a $3,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

In the Best Mid-Length Documentary category, the jury gave an honourable mention to LANZMANN (D: Adam Benzine; P: Adam Benzine, Kimberley Warner; UK, Canada).

Best Short Documentary Award
TERRITORY (D: Eleanor Mortimer; P: Eleanor Mortimer, Jacob Thomas; UK)
The award includes a $3,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Hot Docs is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentaries and, as winner of the Best Short Documentary Award, TERRITORY will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.

In the Best Short Documentary category, the jury gave and honourable mention to HOW TO CROSS (FROM JILIZ TO JILIZ) (D: Sona Kocharyan, Marine Kocharyan; P: Sona Kocharyan, Marine Kocharyan; Armenia).

Outstanding Achievement Award
Presented by the Hot Docs Board of Directors to Patricio Guzmán.

Doc Mogul Award
Presented to Takahiro Hamano by the Hot Docs Board of Directors at a special awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 28.

Don Haig Award
Toronto-based producer Anne Pick
The award includes $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation.

The Lindalee Tracey Award
This award, honouring an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour, was presented to Yosef Baraki for his film MINA WALKING. The recipient received a $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Lindalee Tracey Fund, $5000 in post-production services from Technicolor, and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.

The Vimeo On Demand Audience Award and audience top ten favourite films of the 2015 Festival, determined by audience ballot, will be announced on Monday, May 4. Also announced on this day is the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award, determined by ballots cast by Hot Docs 2015 filmmakers.


The 2015 awards for films in competition were determined by four juries.

The Canadian Feature Documentary Jury: Ally Derks (Founder, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Michelle Shephard (Toronto Star’s award-winning National Security correspondent, author and filmmaker), John Zaritsky (Director, A DIFFERENT DRUMMER: CELEBRATING ECCENTRICS, Hot Docs 2015).

The International Feature Documentary Jury: Malika Zouhali-Worrall (Director, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, Hot Docs 2015), Tabitha Jackson (Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute in Los Angeles), Alison Klayman (Director, THE 100 YEARS SHOW, Hot Docs 2015).

The Mid-Length Jury: Ben Fowlie (Founder and Executive Director, Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum), Josh Braun (Co-President, Submarine), Jeanie Finlay (Director, ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, Hot Docs 2015).

The Shorts Jury: Jessica Edwards (Director, MAVIS!, Hot Docs 2015), Rodney Ascher (Director, THE NIGHTMARE, Hot Docs 2015), Matt Wolf (Director, IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE).


   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 3:45 | #

Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker Wrap Successful 2015 Editions

The Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ key international co-financing market event, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Hot Docs’ one-on-one curated pitch event, and Distribution Rendezvous, Hot Docs’ tailored meeting service for completed films seeking distribution, saw brisk pitching, networking and deal-making. A total 19 projects representing 15 countries were presented to a panel of over 300 key commissioning editors and funders at the Hot Docs Forum, a total of 78 projects were pitched at approximately 535 meetings during Hot Docs Deal Maker, and a total 330 meetings were facilitated as Distribution Rendezvous.

Over $10,000 in cash prizes was awarded to projects at this year’s Hot Docs Forum.

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize was awarded to MC2 Communication Media’s LIVING WITH GIANTS, a feature-length film project about the imaginative world of Paulusie Kasudluak, a young Inuk facing responsibilities and transitions into adulthood. Disbursed from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds, the $10,000 cash prize is awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the Forum as voted on by attending international buyers.

The Cuban Hat Award, which offers “real cash, no strings attached” support for powerful and unique projects, was presented to SEARCHING FOR MERCURY 13 (Fine Point Films), pitched by Brendan Byrne, Trevor Birney and Andrew Reid. Established in 2009 in an impromptu display of collegial support, the Cuban Hat Award is decided from ballots collected from Hot Docs Forum Observers and the cash prize is raised by passing the hat. This year’s prize includes $489 CDN, $96.54 US, 6 euros, 20 Swiss francs, 1,000 Korean won, 200 dirhams, and 5,000 Colombian pesos, all of which is matched dollar-for-dollar by Hot Docs, bringing the total cash prize to $1,950.94 CDN. The prize also includes two 2016 Hot Docs All-Access Passes, one observer pass to IDFA, one observer pass to RIDM, as well as consulting sessions with various industry experts.

In addition to these market events, a full week of industry programming was attended by 2474 delegates from around the world. Hot Docs mounted a roster of five workshops, 12 conference sessions, 38 networking events and parties, three Kickstart panels for emerging filmmakers, 11 micro-meetings, 16 Close Up With… sessions with broadcasters, 15 Rent-an-Expert sessions, the Doc Summit, International Co-Production Day panels, and the Hot Docs Awards Presentation. Hot Docs also hosted a record 12 official delegations from Catalonia, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, the Nordic Region, Northern Ireland, South Africa, South Korea and the USA.


   Posted: Tue, May 12, 2015 - 3:40 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 3

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award. The winner will be announced on May 4.

List updated at 9:00 a.m. on May 3.


  1. UNBRANDED
  2. LOWDOWN TRACKS
  3. SURVIVORS ROWE
  4. RADICAL GRACE
  5. HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
  6. FRACTURED LAND
  7. THE MESSENGER
  8. OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH
  9. MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER
  10. FRAME BY FRAME
  11. MAVIS!
  12. FINDING MACPHERSON
  13. NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY
  14. WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
  15. SPEED SISTERS
  16. TRANSFATTY LIVES
  17. MUSIC LESSONS
  18. ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
  19. AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM
  20. THE BARKLEY MARATHONS: THE RACE THAT EATS ITS YOUNG

   Posted: Sun, May 03, 2015 - 9:05 | #

Hot Docs in the Headlines - May 2

NOW Magazine - Hot Docs 2015: The Winners
Variety - THE CLOSER WE GET Takes Top Award at Hot Docs
Variety - Review of WAR OF LIES
Realscreen - CREE CODE TALKER wins Short Film Pitch
The Hollywood Reporter - THE CLOSER WE GET Takes Top Award at Hot Docs
Metro - Olympic champion Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields inspires at Hot Docs Festival
Winnipeg Free Press - Documentary about B.C.’s Haida Gwaii wins top prize from Hot Docs
CBC - Interview with subject John Fox (SURVIVORS ROWE)
CP24 - Interview with co-director Tim Grabham (THE CREEPING GARDEN)
CP24 - Interview with director Daniel Roher (SURVIVORS ROWE)
CTV News - HAIDA GWAII film wins top prize at Hot Docs
CTV News - Rehtaeh Parsons documentary looks at final years of torment


   Posted: Sat, May 02, 2015 - 4:25 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 2

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award. The winner will be announced on May 4.

List updated at 11:00 a.m. on May 2.


  1. LOWDOWN TRACKS
  2. UNBRANDED
  3. FRACTURED LAND
  4. OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH
  5. SURVIVORS ROWE
  6. TRANSFATTY LIVES
  7. RADICAL GRACE
  8. HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
  9. THE MESSENGER
  10. MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER
  11. MAVIS!
  12. FINDING MACPHERSON
  13. NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY
  14. ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
  15. MOM AND ME
  16. MUSIC LESSONS
  17. FRAME BY FRAME
  18. WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
  19. SPEED SISTERS
  20. DAUGHTER OF THE LAKE

   Posted: Sat, May 02, 2015 - 11:04 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 1

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award. The winner will be announced on May 4.

List updated at 11:00 a.m. on May 1.


  1. FINDING MACPHERSON
  2. LOWDOWN TRACKS
  3. UNBRANDED
  4. FRACTURED LAND
  5. OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH
  6. ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE
  7. SURVIVORS ROWE
  8. THE MESSENGER
  9. HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
  10. MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER
  11. MAVIS!
  12. NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY
  13. RADICAL GRACE
  14. MOM AND ME
  15. ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
  16. MUSIC LESSONS
  17. FRAME BY FRAME
  18. TRANSFATTY LIVES
  19. SPEED SISTERS
  20. DAUGHTER OF THE LAKE

   Posted: Fri, May 01, 2015 - 10:58 | #

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