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Welcome to Hot Docs Industry 2017

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Dear Hot Docs Filmmakers and Delegates, 

On the eve of the Festival, as you arrive in Toronto or travel across town to the Industry Centre, we offer a very heartfelt welcome to Hot Docs 2017.

We encourage you to check back here throughout


Hot Docs Insider Guide - Doin' It Right!

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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!

Sage Industry Advice


Bill Nye Comes to Hot Docs 2017

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Directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg discuss Hot Docs 2017 official selection Bill Nye: Science Guy, what it’s like to work with one of the world’s most beloved scientists and the man behind the persona.

Hot Docs: Bill Nye is


A Revolution in Four Seasons: Democracy, Feminism and A Western Lens

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A Revolution in Four Seasons director Jessie Deeter speaks about the significance of the Tunisian Revolution on global democracy, the changing role of women in the Islamic world, and capturing those processes as a westerner.

HD: There are


documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Alums on Being an Emerging Filmmaker in Canada

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Hot Docs Jots presents Emerging Voices, where our documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Program Alums from the last edition of Hot Docs contribute on issues salient to them regarding their filmmaking practice and the business of the industry as


Tiffany Hsiung on her Breakout Debut The Apology

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Tiffany Hsiung, director, writer and cinematographer of the The Apology, shares her process and the learning curves of a first-time filmmaker. The Apology is the story of women interned as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II


The Art of the Business - The Role of a Visual Researcher with Elizabeth Klinck

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In our new series The Art of the Business, Hot Docs speaks to prolific visual researcher Elizabeth Klinck. Elizabeth has over 36 years of experience and has worked on over 200 projects as a visual and editorial researcher, a visual archive and


The Peacemaker: A Debut Film and A Hardened Subject

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This week we talk to James Demo about Hot Docs Forum 2013 project and Hot Docs official selection 2016 film The Peacemaker, on making your first film about a subject who struggles to connect. 

Hot Docs: You followed Padraig (an


In Conversation with Kirsten Johnson, Cameraperson

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“These are the images that have marked me and keep me wondering still.” 

The epigraph to Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson offers a momentary beat and silence which then tips us into haunting yet lovingly woven memoir of a cinematographer who


Pete McCormack on Spirit Unforgettable and Making Films About People Close to His Heart

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Hot Docs: Spirit Unforgettable had its world premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Festival. In the film, emotions run high during your interviews with Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann and his bandmates. What was it like as a


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