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“I come to Hot Docs because it strikes a perfect balance between a great festival that supports great filmmakers and a marketplace for finding new projects with a global reach.”
- Mark Edwards, ARTE France

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.

View the 2015 Industry Conference Schedule

2015 Conference Theme

bioDOCversity will use nature as an interpretive framework to explore the complexities of the documentary ecosystem. With guest speakers who experiment with story and image, utilize enterprising approaches to distribution, bring together and build communities and more, we’ll shine a spotlight on story, form, delivery and collaborative relationships. It will be a celebration of the exciting directions we are taking, as well as the paths that require further exploration, to sustain the health of the industry.


We offer a variety of in-depth workshops to help filmmakers of all levels develop new skills.

  • Festival Strategy Lab: Develop a strategy to maximize your festival experiences, and take your film from world premiere to distribution.

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

  • So You Want to Be an Impact Producer?: Identify the key skills, goals, and the scope of work necessary to turn your passion for social change into a viable career.

  • Doc Ignite: Learn tools and strategies to succeed in crowdfunding, create integrated campaigns, market your film and find an audience that will stick with you from the beginning. INVITE ONLY

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.

Bell Media Kickstart Sessions

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

Kickstart will take place April 29, 2015.


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

Rent-an-Expert sign-up is now open for registered delegates via the Online Community.

Rent-an-Expert 1
Tuesday, April 28, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Education Distribution with Alice Apley (Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources, Inc.)
  • Digital Distribution with Jeremy Boxer (Creative Director, Film&Video, Vimeo)
  • The Role of the Lawyer in Documentary Production with Jordan Nahmias (Entertainment Laywer, Hall Webber LLP)
  • Successful Crowdfunding with Ayah Norris (Director, Film + Creative, Indiegogo)
  • Hybrid Distribution with Brian Parsons (Director of Film, Tugg)

Rent-an-Expert 2
Wednesday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Working with a Documentary Sales Agent with Dan Cantagallo (Manager Sales and Marketing, Cargo Film & Releasing)
  • CMF’s Funding Programs with Nathalie Clermont (Director of Program Management, Canada Media Fund)
  • What is VHX? with Alexandra Marvar (Director of Marketing, VHX)
  • Hybrid Distribution with Brian Parsons (Director of Film, Tugg)
  • Crowdfunding on Kickstarter with Dan Schoenbrun (Film Outreach Lead, Kickstarter)

Rent-an-Expert 3
Thursday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Everything After Post: Deliverables to Distribution Made Easy with Colin Carter (CEO, BitCine Technologies)
  • Crowdfunding on Kickstarter with Liz Cook (Film Outreach Lead, Kickstarter)
  • Working With a Composer with Adrian Ellis (Composer)
  • Make the Most of Your Theatrical Screenings with Scott Glosserman (Founder, Gathr)
  • The Producer’s POV: Ontario and Federal Tax Credits with Nadia Tavazzani (Producer)


Micro-meetings are intimate sessions that offer industry intelligence from broadcasters, funders and those on the cutting edge of technology. Sign-up now via the Online Community.

View the full list of 2015 Micro-Meetings.

Hot Docs Short Film Pitch

The Hot Docs and BravoFACT are pleased to offer the Short Film Pitch competition, which will give six Canadian filmmaking teams the opportunity to pitch their short documentary project to a live audience and panel of judges. The Pitch will take place on Wednesday, April 29, as part of the 2015 Hot Docs Festival, April 23 to May 3.

A total of $75,000 will be awarded at the event—first place will receive $30,000, second place will receive $25,000 and third place will receive $20,000. Prize money courtesy of BravoFACTUAL.

Doc Summit

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

Fri, May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Doc Summit

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.

Deadlines & Reminders

  • April 23 - May 3, 2015
    Hot Docs Festival, Conference and Market
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Documentary Organization of Canada
Hall Webber LLP

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