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Welcome to Hot Docs Industry 2016

Dear Hot Docs Filmmakers and Delegates, 

On the eve of the Festival, as you arrive in Toronto or travel across town to the Rogers Industry Centre, we offer a very heartfelt welcome to Hot Docs 2016.

We encourage you to check back here throughout the Festival for more industry tips, as well as the homepage of our website for a look at the best of the Fest each day. To get you started, we've listed some conference highlights below.

And to all our guest filmmakers who have films in the Festival: We are thrilled to celebrate your film with our Toronto audiences. Congratulations! There are a number of industry opportunities to enhance your Festival experience. See the growing list of attending buyers.

Commissioners and key funders will reveal their programming strategies, commissioning structures and what they really want from producers.

Sign-up is available in the Hot Docs Forum Lounge at Hart House beginning at 8:30 AM on day of session. Closed to media/social media. All-Access Pass required.

Tuesday, May 3
2:45 - 3:15 PM: TVO; VICE Canada

3:00 - 3:30 PM: CNN Films; Discovery Channel US

4:00 - 4:30 PM: PBS; Discovery Channel Canada; Condé Nast Entertainment; VGTV

4:45 - 5:15 PM: New York Times Op-Docs; CBC; Participant Media; Channel 4

Wednesday, May 4
2:45 - 3:15 PM: AVROTROS, NEW! ARTE G.E.I.E

3:00 - 3:30 PM: YLE; Vimeo

Don't miss our industry sessions, taking place at the Rogers Industry Centre (2nd floor). 

Monday, May 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Doc Summit: Diversity in Docs
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Versions of Heidi Ewing
4:00 - 5:00 PM: Pitch Perfect 

Tuesday, May 3
10:00 - 11:30 AM: Master Class with Doc Mogul Iikka Vehkalahti
12:30 - 2:00 PM: VR on Trial
3:00 - 4:30 PM: Online Channel Surfing

Wednesday, May 4
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Bell Media Kickstart: My First Doc 
1:00 - 2:30 PM: Bell Media Kickstart: Diagnosing Your Doc Career
3:30 - 5:00 PM: Bell Media Kickstart: You Think You Want to Make a Feature But You Should Make a Short

Thursday, May 5
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Funding Media for Social Change
1:00 - 2:30 PM: Reel Crisis: Filming in Conflict Zones

Friday, May 6
10:00 - 11:30 AM: Behind the Music Docs
1:00 - 2:30 PM: In Conversation with Joe Berlinger

See Industry Conference Programmer Kiva Reardon's tips for taking advantage of the conference HERE.

Get key industry intelligence direct from the experts with our hands-on workshops.

All workshops are now at capacity. If you are wait listed please be present at the start of the workshops to see if you will be admitted entrance.

Monday, May 2
2:30 - 4:00 PM: Art of the Interview

Tuesday, May 3
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Here's What Really Happened
1:30 - 3:30 PM: Shorts with Impact

Wednesday, May 4
12:00 - 2:30 PM: Branded Docs

Friday, May 6
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM: So You Want to Be an Impact Producer
2:00 - 4:30 PM: Decoding Contracts

An evening of high-stakes pitches, six filmmaking teams present their short doc for a chance to win $75,000. Prize money courtesy of BravoFACT. Details HERE.

Mix and mingle with all festival and industry delegates in The Mill Street Hub (Burwash Quad, outside the Rogers Industry Centre). A Conference and Networking or All-Access Pass is required. 

Sunday, May 1: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Make the Most of Your Meetings

  • Prepare! Research the buyer profiles.
  • Think ahead! Instead of short-term gains, think of long-term connections.
  • Network! Take advantage of all events open to you.

Place to Meet People

  • Delegate Lounge in the Rogers Industry Centre (located at Victoria College)
  • Happy Hour Cocktails
  • Evening Receptions and Parties

Industry pass holders may obtain one ticket to each non-concurrent regular screening. Tickets can be obtained on the day of the screening at the participating theatre, beginning one hour before the first screening of the day. Just show your pass (subject to availability). 

In anticipation of the Festival, the entire Hot Docs staff have shared their Festival tips and best kept secrets that will come in handy as you navigate the program and market over the 11 days of Hot Docs HERE

Everyone has their own special #onlyathotdocs moment. What’s yours? Help us to spread the word and celebrate the festival.  Share your favourite past or future #onlyathotdocs moment on twitter, instagram and/or Facebook and encourage your followers to do the same. This could be a plug for a film you’re excited to see, a funny experience that happened in line, a friend you met, or a film experience that moved you. Really have fun with it and make it your own. You could even challenge a specific friend or person to share their story.
Here are the elements to include in your post to social:
1. Share your moment through a video, image or simply text
2. Tag @hotdocs and anyone else you think relevant
3. Include #onlyathotdocs 
4. Encourage your followers or friends to share their #onlyathotdocs moment and to check out the alumni mobile micro-docs #shotoniphone (http://www.hotdocs.ca/p/micro-docs)
@hotdocsfest – Instagram
@hotdocsindustry @hotdocs – twitter

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