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Tokyo Docs 2017


November 5 to 8, 2017, Hot Docs industry funds manager Heidi Tao Yang attended Tokyo Docs in Japan.  Held annually, Tokyo Docs is an international documentary event with the aim of providing a platform for Japanese and Asian documentary filmmakers

Industry Programs Manager Stephanie McArthur Attends CNEX Chinese Doc Forum


This September, Hot Docs Industry Programs Manager Stephanie McArthur attended the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) in Taipei, Taiwan. A Perfect Storm Outside a Category 5 typhoon was raging, but inside a surprisingly robust audience sat transfixed

Hot Docs Industry and the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Doc Fund Fellows Take the Durban FilmMart and Durban International Film Festival by storm


In June 2016, Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw and myself, industry programmer of funds and Hot Docs Deal Maker Heidi Tao Yang, took an epic back-to-back trip to Durban FilmMart (DFM)/Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)

Heidi Goes to Qumra


From the moment I arrived in Doha, Qatar, I was impressed by the beautiful architecture, warm hospitality and, of course, delicious food—I was instantly addicted to the chapati and karak. (Does anyone know where to find this in Toronto?) No less

An Industry First Timer: Rebecca Goes to IDFA


Even though it was my first time attending IDFA, something about it felt like home. Of course Amsterdam is unlike Toronto in many ways. I wish we had peaceful canals surrounded by elegant Dutch architecture, and more Dutch pastries, please. But

Mainstreaming the Margins: Shane Smith's Notes from CPH:DOX


Copenhagen has got it together. From the cheap and easy train ride from the airport to the city centre, to the city-wide bike lanes and rental bikes equipped with iPads for easy access and route mapping, to the effortlessly cool design aesthetic,

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