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Hot Docs Forum Format

Selected documentary producers publicly pitch their projects to over 200 key international broadcasters and financiers from around the world, and to a gallery of accredited delegates.


The selected projects will be assigned a 15 minute presentation slot—seven minutes to present and eight minutes of discussion and response.

Two moderators, acting on behalf of the producer, lead and focus the discussions, bringing financing and valuable feedback to the production team.

Presentation teams are encouraged to include one or two-minute video clips as part of their presentation.


Pitch Team Members: Approximately 20 producer teams will be chosen to pitch. Prior to the event, they will receive pitch training, consultancy and support from the Forum team and expert partners.

Trigger Financier: Projects in the Hot Docs Forum must have a “Trigger Financier,” a broadcaster, distributor, foundation, fund, charity or other legitimate documentary market partner who illustrates a confirmed interest in the project and has contributed financially to the budget.

Decision Makers: Decision makers can be, but are not limited to, broadcaster commissioning and acquisitions executives, distributors, sales agents, film festival programmers, foundations, associations, funds, charities, agencies, brands, platforms, interactive executives and other production partners.

Registered Delegates: All-Access pass holders can observe as the pitch teams present their projects live to the decision makers.


One presentation slot will be held for one presentation. Registered delegates observing the Forum are welcome to put their business card in the hat. One card will be selected by the moderators, and the selected delegate will have the opportunity to pitch at the Forum table.

The selected delegate must report immediately to the moderators to show their pass and claim their presentation slot, otherwise another card will be selected.


Projects are selected by the Hot Docs Forum Selection Committee, which is comprised of three to four broadcasters or distributors.


9:00 AM - 9:20 AM: Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:20 AM - 10:40 AM: Four pitches
10:40 AM - 11:20 AM: Coffee Break
11:20 AM - 12:40 PM: Four pitches
12:40 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM: Two pitches
3:00 PM - 5:15 PM: Close Up With… Sessions
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Hot Docs Deal Maker Meetings
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Networking Break

9:00 AM -10:20 AM: Four pitches
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM: Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM: Four pitches
12:20 PM - 1:40 PM: Lunch
1:40 PM - 2:40 PM: Three pitches
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM: Hot Docs Deal Maker Meetings
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Close Up With… Sessions
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM: Hot Docs Forum Closing reception

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Hot Docs Deal Maker Meetings

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

Presenting Partners

  • Logo Crave 2019
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo telefilm
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