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Hot Docs Forum

“The buzz that pitching at the Hot Docs Forum generates for your project is invaluable —it’s the equivalent of premiering at an A-list festival for a project that’s in development.”
- Sarah McCarthy, THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE

Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the Hot Docs Forum (formerly the Toronto Documentary Forum) is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion.

The Hot Docs Forum is a two-day, limited-seating event. Focused around a slate of pre-selected international project presentations showcased in front of a round table of commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates from around the globe, the Hot Docs Forum’s intimate and intense format has proven extremely successful in building international partnerships and raising additional financing for both presenting and observing producers.

Hot Docs Forum 2016

May 3 & 4, 2016

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The Hot Docs Forum wishes to thank founding sponsor Telefilm Canada, and Presenting Partner Rogers Group of Funds for their generous support.


Additional support is provided by A&E, Bell Fund, Bell Media, Blue Ice Group, C21 Media , City of Toronto, Entertainment One, Gardiner Roberts LLP, HBO Documentary Films, indieWIRE, NHK, Ontario Media Development Corporation and Realscreen.

Deadlines & Reminders

  • April 28 - May 8, 2016
    Hot Docs Festival, Conference and Market
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Documentary Organization of Canada
Hall Webber LLP

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