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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.

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.

Applications Open: October 31, 2019
Applications Close: January 6, 2020

Forum Dates: May 5 & 6, 2020
Pass Level Required: All-Access Pass

Check out our submissions guidelines, format and pitch prize information below. If you have additional questions, see our Forum FAQs or contact 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.

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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 Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize and the Cuban Hat Award are announced during the Forum's closing remarks.


Founding Sponsor

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Supported by

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The Hot Docs Forum wishes to thank founding sponsor Telefilm Canada for their generous support.

Official Law Firm: Gardiner Roberts LLP.

Additional support from A + E, Banff World Media Featival, Blue Ice Pictures, Creative BC, C21 Media, CMPA, Italian Trade Commission, Kew Media Group, Playback, Realscreen, SODEC and the Yukon.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

Presenting Partners

  • Logo Crave 2019
  • logo Netflix
  • logo Rogers

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm

Official Airline Partner

  • logo Delta Web