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Corus Diverse Voices

Jumpstart your career with this program for emerging Canadian filmmakers working in documentary series and factual television production.

Six to eight participants of diverse backgrounds will take part in an intensive training module and seminar series, workshops and networking events. The program will focus skills training and career advancement in the areas of factual television production and documentary series.

2016 Participants

Maya Annik Bedward
(Toronto, Ontario)
Adam Cohoon
(Toronto, Ontario)
Chrisann Hessing
(Brampton, Ontario)
Alex Humilde
(Mississauga, Ontario)
Zahra Moloo
(Montreal, Quebec)
Justina Neepin
(Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Nisha Toomey
(Toronto, Ontario)
Sahar Yousefi
(Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Thank you to the 2016 Corus Diverse Voices jury:

  • Robyn Hutt, Director Original Factual Content, Corus
  • Sharon Lewis, Director, Producer, Show Runner, urbansoul inc.
  • Jon Choi, Director, Cinematographer, Frank Films
  • Stephanie McArthur, Industry Programs Manager, Hot Docs


  • Hot Docs All-Access Pass ($800 value), with access to the Hot Docs Forum, screenings, social events, and conference sessions
  • Participation in a two day private lab which will include workshops on fundamentals, including show running, storytelling, funding and producing, the art of pitching, and promotion and distribution
  • Private intensive professional development, career planning, and skill development sessions
  • A customized Hot Docs conference itinerary
  • Access to the Hot Docs Online Community for one year
  • One Hot Docs Program Guide, Industry Guide and delegate bag
  • Free travel and accommodation while in Toronto

Festival and Lab

On April 30 and May 1, the fellows will participate in a private lab during the 2016 Hot Docs Festival. The fellows will hear from a variety of industry experts and participate in hands-on workshops and activities, such as creating short documentaries. The lab will focus on skills training and career advancement in the areas of factual television production and documentary series. During the 2016 Hot Docs conference week, fellows will attend the Hot Docs Forum, industry sessions, networking events and screenings.

In partnership with

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Additional support provided by Bell Fund.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotiabank

Presenting Partners

  • logo Bell-Media
  • logo documentary-Channel
  • logo Rogers

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm