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HOT DOCS 2010 KICKS OFF WITH GREEN FUNDRAISING GALA

PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT DOCS FOR SCHOOLS AND GROWTH OF EDUCATION PROGRAMMING

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs is delighted to open its 17th edition in style by hosting Impact: A Green Gala on April 29. A celebration in support of Docs for Schools – a program designed to give students in the GTA and Ontario free access to documentary screenings during Hot Docs – the evening includes pre- and post-screening events marking the launch of Hot Docs 2010 with this year’s opening night film, Thomas Balmès’ BABIES.

The gala evening begins at the Elgin Lounge in the historic Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, where a cocktail reception will take place prior to the Festival’s opening night screening of BABIES. Following the premiere screening, the “green carpet” celebration kicks off in one of Toronto’s most beautiful landmarks, the Chen Crystal Court at the Royal Ontario Museum. Enjoy local cocktails, an amazing array of eco-consciously prepared cuisine, dancing and a silent auction you won’t be able to resist – all packaged in an environmentally sustainable way.

Ticket prices are $175 (with a charitable tax receipt for $100) for cocktail, film and gala event, and $75 for gala event only, and can be purchased at www.hotdocs.ca.

Impact: A Green Gala is generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Government of Ontario. Additional support is provided by Ringe and Associates, à la Carte Kitchen Inc., Steam Whistle and Jackson-Triggs.

About Docs for Schools
In 2009, more than 50,000 students and educators participated in free screenings, either in the cinema or at schools across Ontario. For students, Docs For Schools is an eye-opening way to experience new ideas in a vast array of disciplines. The documentary topics cover many course subjects including art, economics, environment, geography, history, media studies, politics, science and world issues. For teachers, Docs For Schools provides a number of resources, including filmmaker Q&A sessions for their students at in-theatre screenings and educational resource package that links to the Ontario curriculum, offering class activities and related film resource content for each documentary in the program.

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Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 29 to May 9, 2010, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 and 6, and The Doc Shop.

The Hot Docs documentary Box Office (55 Avenue Road, 2 blocks north of Bloor St. W., lower level of Hazelton Lanes) is open for advance ticket and pass sales. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150. Single tickets to screenings are $12 each. Late night screenings (after 11 p.m.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late Night Pass (one ticket to each screening). A Festival Pass (10 tickets) is $98 and a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $180 ($300 for two passes). Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for students and seniors (subject to availability) with valid photo ID at the venue box offices on the day of the screening.

Hot Docs is proud to include Rogers, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners, with special support from the Government of Ontario.

Media Contact:
Virginia Kelly
V Kelly & Associates
Email: info@vkpr.ca
Phone: 416-466-9799

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