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HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS SEVENTEENTH YEAR

APRIL 29 TO MAY 9, 2010

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, proudly returns for its 17th annual edition from April 29 to May 9, 2010. Showcasing the best of Canadian and international documentaries, Hot Docs is set to welcome delegates, filmmakers and audiences to Toronto for this unprecedented 11-day event. This year, Hot Docs will screen over 170 documentaries from 41 countries on 10 different screens across the Toronto downtown core.

“We are coming off of the strongest year for documentary filmmaking in recent memory, and 2010 delivers another rich harvest for doc lovers,” says Chris McDonald, executive director of Hot Docs. “These films chronicle the lives of the ordinary and extraordinary, the heroes and monsters, the impossible and unimaginable, and, of course, the sublime and the ridiculous. Sharing these films with our audiences and welcoming these filmmakers to our festival is a great honour.”

This year’s Festival will feature 166 official selections and retrospective titles in eight programs, as well as nine films by young filmmakers aged 14 to 18 screening in this year’s Doc It! showcase, and 12 films selected as finalists in the International Documentary Challenge. In addition to screenings, international buyers and industry professionals will attend the Festival to participate in a full slate of conference and market events. These events include the world-renowned Toronto Documentary Forum and a vast number of other market and networking opportunities.

Hot Docs 2010 will screen documentaries in the following programs:

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
Highlighting a diverse blend of award-winning films

CANADIAN SPECTRUM
Compelling Canadian stories and perspectives

FOCUS ON TAHANI RACHED
A retrospective of this celebrated Canadian filmmaker

INTERNATIONAL SPECTRUM
Thought-provoking stories from around the world

MADE IN SOUTH AMERICA
An array of works from this burgeoning documentary centre

NEXT
The arts, creativity and pop culture

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RETROSPECTIVE HONOURING KIM LONGINOTTO
A celebration of the powerful works of internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto

RIPPING REALITY
Essentials from the documentary New Wave

SMALL ACTS
Everyday acts of kindness, leadership and change

WORLD SHOWCASE
An eclectic mix of the best the world has to offer

Many of Hot Docs’ official selections are world, international or North American premieres and the majority of filmmakers will be in attendance to participate in post-screening discussions, as well as other Festival events.

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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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