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From keynote speeches by industry visionaries to hands-on workshops with the latest technologies, Hot Docs Industry Conference offers essential education, networking and business intelligence for all levels of filmmakers and film professionals.

The below information about the 2014 conference is for reference only.

2014 Conference Theme

Doc (r)Evolution will explore diverse, and sometimes conflicting, ideas about the development of the documentary industry. Innovative speakers will share their experiences and demonstrate new ways to connect with audiences, harnessing new technologies to expand practices, taking creative collaboration to the next level and changing the way we value and talk about docs.

2014 Keynote Speaker: Johanna Blakley

Johanna Blakley, PhD, is the managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. Based at USC’s Annenberg School, Blakley performs research on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, digital media and intellectual property law. She has two talks on and she speaks frequently in the U.S. and abroad about her research.


This series of workshops is designed to provide you with skills for all stages of business, and arm you with key entrepreneurial knowledge for a shifting landscape. From creating a business model to raising capital through private investment and bringing films to marketplaces, these workshops offer crucial insights. Although each workshop can be taken as a stand-alone, they build upon each other as a series of steps that will empower you and help grow your business. Workshops supported by CFC Media Lab.

  • ASTOUND Business Model Canvas: In continued partnership with the ASTOUND Initiative, Hot Docs and CFC Media Lab facilitators Orla Garriques and Aaron Williamson will walk doc project teams through creating a business model canvas inspired by the Alexander Osterwalder method and his Business Model Generation.

  • Seeking Private Investment? A Workshop on the Essentials for Doc Filmmakers: This workshop, led by advisor Anne Marie Maduri of Maduri + Associates, provides a strategic approach to raising capital by accessing private investment.

  • Theatrical On Demand®: This workshop will help participants develop strategies for a theatrical-on-demand distribution plan and address best practices for activating communities and engaging audiences.

International Co-Production Day

Official delegations from around the world are featured guests in this day-long program of panels, tailored meetings and networking opportunities aimed at sparking international co-productions.

  • International Co-Production Day Producer-to-Producer Meetings: Target one-on-one meetings with international colleagues based on genre or country at this tailored speed-meeting event.

Kickstart Sessions

Kickstart is a half-day long series of dynamic sessions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc-makers.


In intimate and informal eight-person groups, connect with industry experts and senior producers to learn from their expertise.


Micro-meetings are intimate sessions that offer industry intelligence from broadcasters, funders and those on the cutting edge of technology.

Doc Summit

The Doc Summit is an annual town-hall gathering of the Canadian industry and policy-makers.

Doc Mogul Award Luncheon

Each year Hot Docs recognizes a Doc Mogul, an individual who, over the course of their career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry in both his/her home country and abroad.

Hot Docs Garden Games

Network over a game of croquet or bocce on the lawns of Victoria College – it’s a fun way to connect with fellow delegates.

The Industry Conference is presented in partnership with Canada Media Fund.

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