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Kickstart is a half-day long series of dynamic sessions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc-makers.

Date: May 3, 2017
Pass Level: All industry passes

2017 Kickstart Sessions

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
My First Doc
So you made your first documentary. Now what? Meet these first-time directors with films premiering at the Festival as they open up about the journey from selecting an idea to premiering their final product at Hot Docs. Learn from candid anecdotes about challenges and solutions around creative and funding issues encountered along the way. This session is ideal for emerging filmmakers who want to know what to expect after picture lock.

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Don’t Make Your Doc Alone
Filmmaking can feel like a lonely process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how we can help. Representatives from the Documentary Organization of Canada, The D-Word and the International Documentary Association discuss the practical tools you can leverage to find collaborators, build a sustainable network and to keep finding your documentary community long after Hot Docs wraps.

3:30 - 5:00 PM
The Big Short
If brevity be the soul of wit, join us as we celebrate these sharp and brilliant filmmakers who convey their story 40 minutes or less. Short film directors discuss the gargantuan task of funding, relative difficulty of production compared to features, and where audiences can access shorts with big bite. If you’re thinking about making a short film, you won’t want to miss these insights! Industry session sponsored by CBC Docs.

Additional support provided by Canon Canada.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

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Presenting Partners

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Major Supporters

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Official Airline Partner

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