International Documentary Challenge
Hot Docs is pleased to host the theatrical premieres of the 12 finalists in the seventh annual International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where teams from around the world have five days to make a documentary.
For more information on the International Documentary Challenge please visit their website.
CROWD THE SCHOOLHOUSE
Made in Toronto (Toronto, ON Canada)
A poetic exploration of the cycle of industry, abandonment, reclamation and community renewal at the Toronto Evergreen Brickworks.
REPLAY: PINBALL PAST AND PRESENT
Horchata (Seattle, WA USA)
Players at the Seattle Pinball Museum explain their passion for pinball and provide a brief history of this American pastime.
Unrendered Films (Boston, MA USA)
Sanjiban has just passed away and his body is returning to the earth, but he lives on in his twin brother and video recordings of his final months.
SOUND OF VISION
20Coop (New York, NY USA)
One man’s journey to belong as he confronts the hurdles, and embraces the beauty, of the city he will never see.
Limitless Dreams Films (Chicago, IL USA)
Most people find laundry a boring routine. Joseph, owner of the Super Coin, is working to make customers’ experiences much more exciting.
SPIRITS TO ENLIGHTENMENT
TUJ ONE (Tokyo, Japan)
Monk Yoshinobu Fujioka has found a way to continue diffusing the ancient word of Buddha by bridging the gap between the sacred and the secular at his bar in Tokyo, Japan.
SWANK IN B-FLAT
Ugly Muse (San Francisco, CA USA)
A boy trumpeter who exemplifies the product of his supportive community through his street performance.
SocDoc13 (Santa Cruz, CA USA)
A look into the life of a junkyard tinkerer.
Hak Jee Ma (Hong Kong, China)
An intimate portrait of effigy making and burning for departed ancestors in Hong Kong.
The Last Quest (Seattle, WA USA)
One woman wrestles with her past public access fame as she transitions into her 40’s and a new cycle in her life.
Squire (Toronto, ON Canada)
Unsinkable goes on board a floating Toronto landmark and restaurant to reveal a charming old man with a lifelong passion for his boat, decades of selfless community service and an infectious joie de vivre.
VENOM & FIRE
Freshmakers (Cincinnati, OH USA)
An in-depth look into the practices of a Signs Following Church.