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Hot Docs Forum

North America’s most effective international documentary market, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing.

Taking place over two days, pre-selected international projects are presented to a round table of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates from around the globe.

Hot Docs Forum: May 3 & 4, 2016

Submissions are now open.
Deadline: January 11, 2016
Pass Level Required: All-Access Pass

Questions? Check out our Forum FAQs or contact industry programmer and Hot Docs Forum producer Dorota Lech.

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How to Submit

Any filmmaker with a feature, broadcast-length, series and cross-platform project can apply.

Submissions are now open.

Deadline: January 11, 2016

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How It Works

Seven-minute pitch…eight-minute feedback…endless potential.

Selected documentary producers pitch their projects to a room of over 200 key international decision makers and accredited observers.

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Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prizes

Each year, the winners of the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize and the Cuban Hat Award are announced during the Forum's closing remarks.




The Hot Docs Forum wishes to thank founding sponsor Telefilm Canada, and Presenting Partner Rogers Group of Funds for their generous support.

Additional support is provided by A&E, Bell Fund, Bell Media, Blue Ice Group, C21 Media , City of Toronto, Entertainment One, Gardiner Roberts LLP, HBO Documentary Films, Indiegogo, indieWIRE, NHK, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Realscreen and Shutterstock.

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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