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HOT DOCS’ TORONTO DOCUMENTARY FORUM WELCOMES 28 INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SELECTIONS TO NEW VENUE

CANWEST-HOT DOCS FUNDS TO ONCE AGAIN AWARD $40,000 CASH PRIZE, CUBAN HAT AWARD FOR FAVOURITE PITCH RETURNS FOR 2010 EVENT

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 - Hot Docs is pleased to welcome 28 projects to be presented during this year’s Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF), taking place this year, for the first time, at the stunning Koerner Hall inside the new Royal Conservatory of Music. Recognized as North America’s essential market for the international documentary community, the TDF will take place May 5 and 6 during Hot Docs’ festival, conference and market, April 29 to May 9. This year’s projects were selected from 175 submissions and represent 11 different countries.

“Our goal for the TDF is simple - to match content with funding and support,” says Elizabeth Radshaw, director of the Toronto Documentary Forum, “all the while exchanging valuable industry information in an arena that drives innovation and excellence in documentary filmmaking and factual content production. Recently, the documentary industry has seen changes such as shrinking commission budgets, fewer broadcast slots and a shift towards cross media content. Our pitching structure is widening to encompass these elements by welcoming key decision makers such as commissioning editors, interactive executives, distributors, sales agents and third sector representatives to the table.”

A showcase forum for over 500 leading industry professionals, the TDF is focused around a schedule of pre-selected international project presentations made to a roundtable of key international commissioning editors and an observers gallery composed of fellow producers, distributors, sales agents, funders and other buyers. Participating buyers confirmed to date include ARTE, BBC, CBC/SRC, Channel 4, E1 Entertainment, Films Transit International Inc., HBO, NHK, RAI, Sundance Channel, TVOntario, YLE, ZDF, and others.

For the second consecutive year, the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds TDF Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the 2010 event, as determined by the votes of international (non-Canadian) commissioning editors in attendance. The winner will receive a $40,000 cash prize to be used towards the production and completion budget for their project.

At last year’s event, the Cuban Hat Award was established in an impromptu display of collegial support as TDF Observers passed the hat to raise close to $1400 for their favourite pitch at the Forum. Continuing with their “real cash, no strings attached” award, the organizers have since presented the Cuban Hat Award at the 2009 IDFA Forum and will be returning it to the TDF in 2010. All the money raised over the two days of the TDF will be given to the Observers’ favourite pitch, as determined by ballot.

The following projects (ordered by country) will be presented at this year’s TDF:

BUZKASHI!, Buzkashi Productions Inc., (Canada); CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT, Necessary Illusions, (Canada); END OF EVEREST?, DunnMedia/Big Red Barn Entertainment, (Canada); FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, Interfilm Productions Inc., (Canada); THE FRUIT HUNTERS, EyeSteelFilm, (Canada); THE HOUSE THAT HERMAN BUILT, Storyline Entertainment, (Canada); THE REAL JOEY LAWRENCE, Canamedia Productions, (Canada); THE WANTED 18, Intuitive Pictures Inc. , (Canada); IN SEARCH OF OIL & SAND, Middle West Films, (Egypt); LEAPING OVER THE DRAGON’S GATE, NBB Navy Blue Bird Oy, (Finland); JEANS A FADED BLUE PLANET, Les Films du Tambour De Soie, (France); THE DIAPER DILEMMA, Nord-Ouest Documentaires, (France); ISTANBUL 360°: A BRIDGE IN ISTANBUL, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, (Germany); TALL GIRLS, avanti media, (Germany); NICE JEWISH BOY, Halpern Productions, (Israel); COSMIC ENERGY INC., EIE film, (Italy); TWICE, Takiseeds/NHK Enterprises, (Japan); LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, Eggdancer Productions, (Saudi Arabia); COLUMBUS, Red Earth Studio, (UK); AFRICA10, Africa Ten Enterprises, LLC, (USA); ARTCIRQ: THE INUIT CIRCUS, Northern Light Productions, (USA); CONNECTED, Highest Common Denominator Media Group, (USA); EASY LIKE WATER, Potomac Media Works, (USA); GREEN CHINA RISING, Lodge 9, (USA); SEMBENE!, Galle Ceddo Projects, (USA); SUN KISSED, Sun Kissed Productions, Inc, (USA); THE CHAMELEON, The Bear Media, (USA), and WE OWN TV, WeOwnTV, (USA).

The TDF is a limited-seating, separately accredited event within Hot Docs requiring advance registration. Registration for the 2010 edition of the TDF closes March 19. The annual deadline for submissions falls in late January.

The TDF wishes to thank founding sponsor Telefilm Canada for their generous support. The TDF receives additional support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Canadian Heritage, National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency, NHK, HBO Documentary Films, RealScreen, C21, indieWIRE, Gardiner Roberts LLP, and DJ Woods.

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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.

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

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