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Conference

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.

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Download a PDF of the 2014 session and workshop schedule

Stay tuned for updates in the weeks before the Festival.


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 TED.com and she speaks frequently in the U.S. and abroad about her research.


Workshops

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.

Sign-up for all workshops is now closed.

  • ASTOUND Business Model Canvas: In continued partnership with the ASTOUND Initiative, Hot Docs and CFC Media Lab facilitators 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. Kickstart will take place April 30, 2014.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM - My First Doc: A conversation with filmmakers whose first first feature films are in the Festival. Learn from candid anecdotes of challenges faced and solutions found.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Building Identities for Films and Filmmakers: Margaret Brown, A.J. Schnack, and John Zaritsky explore what it takes to create a distinct cinematic voice, one that speaks through the work itself.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Documentary Research and the Art of Truth: A conversation with the filmmakers of Virunga, Silenced and The Notorious Mr. Bout on how they navigate factual information, subjective truth and cinematic perspectives to develop a distinct point-of-view on the subject.


Rent-an-Expert

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. The sign-up deadline is April 28, 2014.

Rent-an-Expert 1
Tuesday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Educational Distribution with Alice Apley (Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources)
  • Co-Production: When is it Appropriate? with Pat Ferns (President, Ferns Productions)
  • Selling to Networks and Distributors in the US with Nicole Page (Chair of Board, Women Make Movies)
  • From Post-Production to Distribution with RJ Millard (Principal, Obscured Pictures)

Rent-an-Expert 2
Wednesday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Integrated Distribution with Scott Glosserman (Founder/CEO, Gathr)
  • Fiscal Sponsorship with Amy Halpin (Director of Filmmaker Services, IDA)
  • Funding, Production and Distribution with Justine Nagan (Executive Director, Kartemquin)
  • The Importence of Properly Contracting Your Crew with Jordan Nahmias (Entertainment Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada)

Rent-an-Expert 3
[Thursday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • CMF Funds with Melissa Amer (Interim Director, English Market, CMF Program Administrator, Canada Media Fund)
  • Film Branding Presence with Sarah Mosses (Co-Founder, Director of Strategy) & Elizabeth Benjamin (Co-Founder, Director of Engagement)
  • Oscar® Documentary Qualifying Process with Tom Oyer (Awards Office Coordinator, Academy Awards®)
  • Effective Techniques for Collaborating with a Composer with John Welsman (Composer, Welsman Music)

Micro-Meetings

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

  • CMF Funds with Melissa Amer (Interim Director, English Market, CMF Program Administrator, Canada Media Fund)
  • Film Branding Presence with Sarah Mosses (Co-Founder, Director of Strategy) & Elizabeth Benjamin (Co-Founder, Director of Engagement)
  • Oscar® Documentary Qualifying Process with Tom Oyer (Awards Office Coordinator, Academy Awards®)
  • Effective Techniques for Collaborating with a Composer with John Welsman (Composer, Welsman Music)

Doc Summit

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

Fri, May 2, 10:00 AM - 12:30 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

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Documentary Organization of Canada
The Chang School, Ryerson University
Oscillate Design
MIJO
RealScreen
Dowling Pictures
Nahmias Law
Getty Images
IndieWire
Cineflix

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