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.
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.
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 TED.com and she speaks frequently in the U.S. and abroad about her research.
For reference, below are the workshops offered during the 2013 Hot Docs conference.
Hot Hacks with Mozilla and Secret Location: Hot Docs, Mozilla and Secret Location invite doc makers to apply to participate in a ‘hack day’ event, that brings doc storytellers and technologists together for two days to produce an original web documentary.
ASTOUND Business Model Canvas: In continued partnership with the ASTOUND Initiative, Hot Docs and CFC Medal Lab facilitators will walk doc project teams through creating a business model canvas inspired by the Alexander Osterwalder method and his Business Model Generation.
Campaigns By Design: Facilitated by the Bay Area Video Coalition, this hands-on workshop will help you strategize for your media project distribution, outreach, audience engagement, and impact measurement. Bring a project-in-progress or just an idea, hear about the latest tools, trends, and frameworks, and collaborate with other makers
Masters’ Feedback: Part screening and part case-study, two docs-in-progress will receive candid feedback from acclaimed masters Kirsten Johnson (cinematographer, THE INVISIBLE WAR; director, DEADLINE) and Per K. Kirkegaard (editor, ARMADILLO, TPB-AFK).
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 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 Meeting are intimate sessions that offer industry intelligence from broadcasters, funders and those on the cutting edge of technology.
The Doc Summit is an annual town-hall gathering of the Canadian industry and policy-makers.
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.