Deal Maker 2017 Bnr By Joseph Howarth

Hot Docs Deal Maker Submissions

One-on-one pitch-meetings for filmmakers seeking international financing.

New this year, Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are the same application process. When applying, you will be asked to indicate the program(s) for which you’d like your project to be considered. Projects submitted after the Forum deadline of January 6 will only be considered for Hot Docs Deal Maker.

Applications Open: October 31, 2019
Applications Close: January 20, 2020

Deal Maker Dates: May 5-7, 2020
Pass Level Required: All-Access Pass

Questions? Please contact industry programmer Madelaine Russo.


SUBMISSION FEE
$45.00 CAD must be submitted along with the Project Entry Form. All major credit cards are accepted.

You will receive a confirmation from our offices within three weeks of your submission.


FORMAT

Selected projects will participate in a series of 20-minute pitch meetings at the Hot Docs Festival. All team members must be registered with an All-Access pass to participate in the meetings.

Projects will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Exceptionally compelling, exclusive and illuminating material
  • Brilliant storytelling
  • Creative and exemplary craft
  • Commercial and international appeal
  • Suitability for decision makers’ mandates and key requirements, and relevance to broadcast channels and slots

Selected participants request meetings with attending decision makers. Decision makers will review requests and accept those that are appropriate for their mandates. The Hot Docs industry team will also provide some curated matchmaking.

All selected projects will be listed online. Project info will also be published in a downloadable PDF available to All-Access passholders.


ELIGIBILITY

Projects can be:

  • In development or production
  • Any genre of documentary or factual (we especially encourage high art and culture, smart science, smart history)
  • From any country or territory

You can submit up to TWO projects per production company. We accept:

  • Feature-length docs
  • Television docs
  • Limited or long-form series
  • Series
  • Cross-platform media

REQUIRED INFORMATION

Applicant Information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Short bio and previous credits

Project Information:

  • Primary contact information
  • Title, genre, duration, language, format, date of principle photography, projected date of release, production country
  • Type of support sought (commission, acquisition, pre-buy, co-production, and/or distribution)
  • Stage of production
  • Short synopsis (approximately 350 words)
  • One-page treatment (approximately 850 words)
  • Short status report (approximately 500 words)
  • Other forums and buyers pitched (if applicable)
  • Co-production partner information (if applicable)
  • Committed market partner information
  • Confirmed financial sources
  • Top-line budget
  • Financing scenario
  • Key creative and production personnel biographies
  • Short description of the outreach and engagement strategy (approximately 300 words)
  • Short description of the distribution strategy (approximately 300 words)
  • Description of the digital media component/cross platform strategy (approximately 300 words) images, sketches or screen grabs may be submitted to support this description
  • Trailer, teaser, or clips sent via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving), no more than 10 minutes total runtime


NOTIFICATION & REGISTRATION

Projects that apply for Hot Docs Forum and/or Deal Maker before January 6 will be notified of their application status in February 2020. Projects that apply for Hot Docs Deal Maker after January 6 will be notified in March 2020.

Please note: Applications for the Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are accepted by online submission only. Please do not send anything by post or email to the Hot Docs office.


SUBMISSION PROCESS

New this year, Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are the same application process. When applying, you will be asked to indicate the program(s) for which you’d like your project to be considered. Projects submitted after the Forum deadline of January 6 will only be considered for Hot Docs Deal Maker.

Applications Open: October 31, 2019
Applications Close: January 20, 2020

Projects that apply for Hot Docs Forum and/or Deal Maker before January 6 will be notified of their application status in February 2020. Projects that apply for Hot Docs Deal Maker after January 6 will be notified in March 2020.


What is the difference between Hot Docs Deal Maker and Hot Docs Forum?

Hot Docs Deal Maker is a one-on-one pitch-meeting program for film teams seeking financing from the international marketplace. Deal Maker participants meet with commissioning editors, film funds, foundations, and other Decision Makers over three days of sessions. Projects selected for the Hot Docs Forum pitch to a roundtable of these experts, as well as to a room of over 200 key international decision makers and accredited observers. The Hot Docs Forum is held over two mornings (the first two mornings of Deal Maker) and Deal Maker meetings are held in the afternoon and the following day.

All 20 selected Forum projects are automatically enrolled in Deal Maker, meaning that selected Forum pitch teams have guaranteed pre-scheduled meetings with attending decision makers.

Projects that apply for both the Forum and Deal Maker will be separately considered for both programs, meaning that if you do not get into the Forum you are still in consideration for Deal Maker.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All pitch-team members representing selected projects at Deal Maker must be registered with Hot Docs All-Access Passes. If a pitch-team member is not registered with an All-Access Pass, that individual will not be able to participate.

Project updates can be made after a project is selected for Deal Maker, and before it is reviewed by buyers. Hot Docs accepts no liability for project inaccuracies in the Deal Maker Project Catalogue (PDF) or other published material.

The scheduling of meetings is at the discretion of the Hot Docs Industry Programs Department.

If your application is successful, you agree to attend the Hot Docs Festival for the duration of Hot Docs Deal Maker (April 30-May 10, 2020). Failure to do so may result in your project being withdrawn.

The decision of the Selection Committee is final. Due to the volume of applications we receive and review, feedback is not guaranteed for unsuccessful applicants.

Hot Docs Industry Programs Department reserves the right to change the guidelines or processes at any time and without notification.

Hot Docs Industry Programs Department will not take rights or liabilities in selected projects.

Projects participating in Hot Docs Deal Maker are required to acknowledge the program’s support through the placement of Hot Docs’ logo in the project’s final credits.

Application to, and participation in, Hot Docs Deal Maker implies unconditional acceptance of these guidelines.

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