HOT DOCS ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE THEME: DOC (r)EVOLUTION
FEATURING KEYNOTE BY JOHANNA BLAKLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AT THE NORMAN LEAR CENTER
Toronto, March 5, 2014 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce the theme of the 2014 Hot Docs industry conference is Doc (r)Evolution, an innovative conference program that will offer interactive sessions and practical tools for working within the rapidly changing landscape of documentary filmmaking. Including a keynote presentation by Johanna Blakley, managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, the Doc (r)Evolution program will take place April 28-May 2, during the Hot Docs Festival April 24-May 4.
“We are thrilled to have Johanna Blakley as the keynote speaker this year,” says Elizabeth Radshaw, industry programs director for Hot Docs. “Through her studies and work at the Norman Lear Center with the Media Impact Project, Johanna is the authority to initiate the timely and important discussion about how documentary filmmakers can better understand audiences and find the best ways to measure the impact of media on our lives.”
Doc (r)Evolution will explore diverse, and sometimes conflicting, ideas about the development of the documentary industry. Innovative speakers will share their experiences and demonstrate new ways to connect with audiences, harnessing new technologies to expand practices, taking creative collaboration to the next level and changing the way we value and talk about docs.
Keynote speaker Johanna Blakley, PhD, is the managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. Based at USC’s Annenberg School, Blakley performs research on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, digital media and intellectual property law. She has two talks on TED.com and she speaks frequently in the U.S. and abroad about her research.
Doc (r)Evolution will feature popular returning sessions including International Co-Production Day, Kickstart, Micro Meetings, the Doc Summit and a variety of workshops. The conference will also provide delegates with opportunities for one-on-one and small-table meetings with leading thinkers and industry experts. Hot Docs will host official delegations from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Region, South Africa and the USA, and the delegations will be featured participants at International Co-Production Day.
A number of limited-capacity, hot-topic workshop sessions will require pre-session sign-up at the festival for registered delegates. The full conference schedule will be announced in mid-March.
The Industry Conference is presented in partnership with the Canada Media Fund.
Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 21st annual edition from April 24 – May 4, 2014. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount 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. Hot Docs is proud to include Scotiabank as its Presenting Platinum Partner, and Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.
V Kelly & Associates