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Toronto, Canada, May 27, 2015 – Hot Docs today announced that Charlotte Cook, the Festival’s Director of Programming, will be departing the organization to pursue a new, to-be-announced career opportunity at the intersection of documentary film production and curation. Charlotte came to Hot Docs in 2011, and through four outstanding festivals helped raise the caliber and reputation of the Festival’s programming slate. Officially leaving at the end of the month, Charlotte will remain involved to assist in the transition when her successor is hired later this summer.

“Charlotte’s intelligence, programming instincts and exhaustive work have helped Hot Docs achieve its most successful festivals over the past four years,” said executive director Brett Hendrie. “Her focus on smart films for engaged audiences has resonated and proven that big ideas and documentary subjects can become stars of a festival, too—even if they don’t appear on Hollywood marquees. This year was a high watermark for the diversity of the program, especially with regard to filmmakers and subject matter, and she richly deserves kudos for these efforts.”

During her tenure, the Festival’s program achieved record numbers for world and international premieres; and for representation both in front and behind the camera across the board, but especially with respect to diversity of countries and number of female directors in the official selection. Charlotte helped to deepen the Hot Docs experience for audiences by helping spearhead the popular Scotiabank Big Ideas speaker series and welcoming an increased number of guest filmmakers and subjects in attendance at Festival screenings. Charlotte introduced the Festival’s popular Nightvision and Redux programs, oversaw national spotlights on Poland, Denmark and India, and organized tribute retrospectives to Patricio Guzmán, Les Blank, Adam Curtis and Michel Brault.

“It’s been an absolute joy and privilege to work for Hot Docs for the last four years. Being part of the organization at such a key time in its growth, from the opening of the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema to the advancement and development of the Festival, has been a true pleasure,” said Charlotte Cook. “I feel an immense gratitude to every filmmaker who allowed us the honour of showing their work during my time at the Festival, and to the incredible Canadian filmmaking community for being so supportive. I will remain Hot Docs’ biggest fan and supporter.”

A search for Charlotte’s successor will begin in early June.


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 23rd annual edition from April 28–May 8, 2016. Outstanding selections of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs also mounts a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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