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Welcome to Hot Docs Industry 2017

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 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.


CLOSE UP WITH...SESSIONS 

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 2

2:45 - 3:15 PM: Hartley Funding Agency, Discovery Channel Canada

3:00 - 3:30 PM: SVT Culture, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel

4:00 - 4:30 PM: documentary Channel, A+E Networks, YLE, Fork Films

4:45 - 5:15 PM: POV/American Documentary, ORF 1 & ORF 2, Bell Media, ARTE France

Wednesday, May 3

2:45 - 3:15 PM: DR, NHK

3:00 - 3:30 PM: ZDF, The New York Times – Op-Docs


THE HOT DOCS CONFERENCE 

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

Hot Docs Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

MON. MAY 1

9:30 AM–12:00 PM Doc Summit

1:00 PM–2:00 PM Pitch Perfect

3:00 PM–4:30 PM Some Assembly Required

TUES. MAY 2

11:00 AM–12:00 PM On the Other Side of the Lens

1:00 PM–2:00 PM Filming the Intangible

3:00 PM–4:30 PM In Conversation with Christine Vachon

THURS. MAY 4

10:30 AM–11:30 AM Channel Surfing—Public Broadcasters Today

12:30 PM–2:00 PM Regarding Intention: Cinema and Alterity

2:30 PM–3:30 PM The Art of the Interview with Maya Gallus

FRI. MAY 5

11:00 AM–12:00 PM Listen to the Music with Tony Palmer

12:30 PM–1:30 PM The Do’s and Don’ts of Funding Applications

2:30 PM–3:30 PM Virtual Reality Walkthrough with MERIDIAN VR


HOT DOCS WORKSHOPS 

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

All workshops are now at capacity. But waitlists will be run on the day of.

MON. MAY 1

3:30 PM–5:00 PM This Isn’t Brain Surgery, It’s Contract Surgery

TUES. MAY 2

9:30 AM–12:30 PM Festival Strategy Lab

WED. MAY 3

1:00 PM–3:30 PM Get on the Radar

THURS. MAY 4

10:00 AM–12:00 PM Strategic Partnerships in International Co-Productions

1:00 PM–3:00 PM  Keep Your Film Close and Your Enemies Closer

FRI. MAY 5

2:00 PM–4:00 PM Visual Research 101


HOT DOCS SHORT FILM PITCH

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


HOT DOCS HAPPY HOUR 

Mix and mingle with all festival and industry delegates in The Mill Street Hub and The Nook (Burwash Quad, outside the Industry Centre). A Conference and Networking or All-Access Pass is required.  Sunday, April 30: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Monday, May 1 to Thursday, May 4: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


GENERAL TIPS

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 Industry Centre (located at Victoria College)
  • The Mill Street Hub and The Nook
  • Happy Hour Cocktails
  • Evening Receptions and Parties


TICKETS FOR SCREENINGS 

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

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