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Industry Registration FAQ


How do I register for Hot Docs?

Online registration for Hot Docs opens in January. To register online please visit our registration page.

How much are passes? To what do they entitle me?

There are four different Hot Docs industry passes available for purchase: Conference Pass, Conference and Networking Pass, All-Access Pass and Bell Media Kickstart Pass. Each has a different price point and is tailored to delegates with different needs. For more information, please click here.

I have registered but have not received a confirmation email. Should I be concerned?

Registration and payment are NOT automatic. All registration forms are processed manually on a first-come, first-served basis. You should receive an email within 1-2 weeks of submitting your registration form. If you have registered more than two weeks ago and have not received your confirmation email, please contact delegate services manager Amira Abdellahi at

Will I receive a receipt/invoice for my registration fee?

Yes. Once registration is complete, delegates will have the opportunity to view and print their payment receipts. A copy will also be available in the Resource Centre of Hot Docs Online Community.

If I’ve submitted a film to the Festival, do I still have to pay for my pass?

Applicants will be notified by email in early March 2015 if their work has been selected to screen at the Festival. If your film has been selected, both the filmmaker and producer (provided they are not one in the same) will receive a complimentary Conference and Networking Pass.

I usually get a press pass - do I still need to register online?

Yes. Visit the Media section of this website. You will not need to fill out an industry registration form, but will need to fill out the Media Accreditation Form once it is available in February.


I have registered for the Festival. Where do I pick up my pass?

Hot Docs does NOT mail out any passes or tickets to screenings or industry events. Your delegate package will be ready for pickup at the Rogers Industry Centre (93 Charles Street West, one block south of Bloor, and one block east of Queens Park).

Where can I pick up my screening tickets?

Hot Docs industry pass holders are entitled to one ticket to each screening. Tickets can be redeemed at the theatre’s box office on the day of the performance, beginning one hour before the first screening of the day. For your convenience, a block of tickets are reserved for pass holders. Please note that you must show your pass in order to pick up your ticket.

Will I need my delegate badge to get into parties and conference sessions at the Rogers Industry Centre (93 Charles Street West)?

Yes. All delegates must bring their badge to all evening social events; without it you may be refused entry. Social events are reserved for registered delegates who hold a Conference and Networking Pass or All-Access Pass.

Two people from my company want to attend. Can I share one Hot Docs industry pass with my colleague?

No. Each delegate badge will be in the name of the person who purchased it. Every person who wishes to attend Hot Docs must have their own badge to gain entry to events, parties and screenings.

Where can I pick up Doc Mogul tickets or the Opening Night Guest Pass that I have ordered?

If you purchased a ticket to the Doc Mogul Luncheon your name has been added to the guest list. Please present your delegate badge at the information desk at the lunch venue on the day of the event. Additional information including details about the luncheon location will be emailed to you closer to the event.

If you purchased an Opening Night Guest Pass, you will be sent an email a week before the event that should be printed and brought to both the screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and the party in order to gain admittance for your guest. Your industry pass will allow you admittance.


Is there a list available of everyone participating at Hot Docs?

The list of attending delegates is available by accessing the Online Community. The list is updated on a regular basis leading up to the opening of the Festival. Only those who have registered for a Hot Docs industry pass may access the detailed list, including contact information.

Will I have access to the internet and email in the Rogers Industry Centre?

Yes. The Rogers Industry Centre (93 Charles Street West) is outfitted with a number of computer terminals that can be used to check email and browse the internet. The Rogers Industry Centre is also equipped with WiFi for personal computer and smartphone use. The WiFi log in information will be available at the Registration Desk.

I have a meeting scheduled, but I have never met the person with whom I meeting and don’t know what they look like. How can I find them?

Most delegates have uploaded a personal photo to their profile in the Hot Docs Online Community. The community is a good resource to get acquainted with your fellow delegates.

I am interested in meeting broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, festival programmers and buyers. How can I tell who those people are if I don’t know them?

All broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, festival programmers and buyers will be distinguished by their delegate badges, which will read “Decision Maker.”

Where is a good place to take a meeting?

All registered delegates have access to the Delegate Lounge at the Rogers Industry Centre (93 Charles Street West) where there will be tables arranged for meetings. If you wish to take a meeting off-site, our staff at the Registration Desk will be able to recommend additional places in the surrounding area.


When will the full list of events be posted on your website?

The full industry schedule for Hot Docs 2016 will be available in early April.


What is the Online Community?

The Hot Docs Online Community is an online space where registered delegates can set up meetings and network before, during and after the Festival. This networking tool is the preferred method of communications during the Festival and is used widely to arrange meetings and to productively manage Festival time.

How do I access the Online Community?

Once your Hot Docs industry registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email containing your username and password. At that point you can login.

How long can I access the Online Community?

Your access to the Online Community is valid from the time your registration is processed until registration begins for the Festival the following year (January). The earlier you register, the more access you have to this valuable networking tool.


Does my pass give me access to The Doc Shop at Hot Docs?

The Festival Doc Shop is a fully digital on-site video library (located at the Rogers Industry Centre, 93 Charles Street West) offering users on-demand access to 1500+ documentaries at any one of the 40 on-site computer terminals. The Festival Doc Shop is accessible to industry delegates holding an All-Access Pass or a Conference and Networking Pass, with priority access provided to buyers, commissioning editors, acquisition executives, distributors, sales agents and programmers.

What is the deadline for submitting films to the Doc Shop?

The deadline for submissions to The Doc Shop at Hot Docs is March 23, 2015. Films submitted to the Festival that opt in will be included in The Festival Doc Shop, available on-site during Hot Docs. Films not submitted to the Festival can still be submitted for inclusion in The Doc Shop only.


Distribution Rendezvous

Finished and rough cut films can solidify their future in these pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with distributors, sales agents and festival programmers. Continue the conversation during an exclusive mingle for participating delegates and decision makers. Producers wishing to take part must be registered for a Conference and Networking Pass or an All-Access Pass prior to applying. There is no additional fee to participate.

Hot Docs Deal Maker

Coming to Hot Docs with a project in development or production? Apply to Hot Docs Deal Maker, a one-on-one pitch-meeting program for producers seeking financing from the international marketplace. Hot Docs Deal Maker will select 50 of the most compelling projects submitted for these valuable meetings with key decision makers, commissioning editors and other film financers, as well as substantial online profile and promotion. Applicants must be registered with an All-Access Pass prior to applying. There is no additional fee to participate.

The Hot Docs Forum

Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the Hot Docs 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, 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. Delegates wishing to participate or observe must hold an All-Access Pass. For more information, please click here.

Deadlines & Reminders

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

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