12 Official Delegations to Attend Hot Docs 2015
A record 12 official delegations have been confirmed for Hot Docs 2015. Official delegations from Catalonia, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, the Nordic Region, Northern Ireland, South Africa, South Korea and the USA will take part in International Co-Production Day, a gathering of Canadian and international producers that focuses on networking and facilitating new co-production opportunities.
The official delegations will also participate in International Co-Production Day producer-to-producer meetings, where delegates have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential producing partners from the attending delegations.
Partner Hotel Selling Fast—Book Now and Save
Connect with colleagues, be at the heart of the Festival action, and save with preferred rates at Hot Docs’ 2015 accommodation partner, the Courtyard Toronto Downtown by Marriott.
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Doc Institute Hosts Art of Audience Engagement Session
On March 14, the Doc Institute is offering The Art of Audience Engagement forum, a one-day intensive session that will explore hybrid distribution models, ways to effectively engage your audience, and how to create impact.
Date: March 14, 2015
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Get Inspired With the TVO Short Doc Contest
Win the chance to air your short doc on TVO, an industry pass to Hot Docs and a mentorship with celebrated Canadian filmmakers John and Jamie Kastner. This year’s theme is “Never Stop Learning,” and aspiring filmmakers are invited to make a documentary, 5-minutes or less, on a story that matters—big or small. #TVOshortdoc
Submission Deadline: March 26, 2015
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Buy 2015 Festival Passes and Packages Now and Save
The CraveTV Hot Docs Box Office opens Monday, March 9, for advance pass and package sales. With two amazing passes and four incredible ticket packs to choose from, you’ll have no trouble getting your fill of docs at the 2015 Festival. Buy online now and save with early-bird pricing, available until March 17.
Single tickets will go on sale on March 17, when the full film program is announced.
Your First Look at the 2015 Festival Films
We’ve announced 17 films in our Special Presentations program—high-profile premieres, award winners, and works by masters or featuring star subjects.
Full film schedule, showtimes and tickets available March 17. Passes and packages on sale now!
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THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON at April’s Doc Soup Toronto
April’s Doc Soup will feature the Canadian premiere of THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON. An Official Selection at the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest, THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON is the story of Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan who, more than forty years after NASA’s last lunar mission, is ready divulge role he played in mankind’s greatest adventure.
THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, April 2, at 6:45 p.m. Special guests in attendance.
SUNSHINE SUPERMAN at April’s Doc Soup Calgary
Doc Soup Calgary will close the season with SUNSHINE SUPERMAN. An official selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN is a heart-racing portrait of the father of the BASE jumping movement Carl Boenish and his quest to reach spectacular and dangerous heights in foot-launched human flight.
The film will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest.
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Free Volunteer in Culture Fair on March 14
Interested in new and exciting volunteer opportunities in Toronto? Join us on Saturday, March 14, to learn about volunteer opportunities in the culture sector. Participating organizations include Hot Docs, Cinéfranco, Inside Out!, Jane’s Walk Toronto, Luminato, Toronto Fringe Festival and more!
Date: March 14, 11:00 AM
THE HUNTING GROUND at March’s Doc Soup Toronto
March’s Doc Soup will present the international premiere of Kirby Dick’s THE HUNTING GROUND! An official selection at Sundance 2015, THE HUNTING GROUND is a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the survivors and their families.
THE HUNTING GROUND will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, March 5, at 6:45 p.m. Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in Q&As.
Join Our Team—Volunteer for Hot Docs 2015
We need you! Hot Docs is looking for outstanding volunteers to join our Festival team. If you love documentaries and meeting new people, and want to get an inside look at the Festival, this is the place for you.
Sign up is now open. Orientation sessions begin in March.
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Meet Canada’s Next Wave of Doc Makers at Hot Docs 2015
Selected from almost a hundred applicants, eight emerging filmmakers from across the country have been awarded a coveted spot in this year’s documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program.
Offering intensive professional development, career planning, and skill development training during Hot Docs, and mentorship with leading filmmakers afterwards, the highly competitive program provides an invaluable entrée into the industry.
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Register for Hot Docs and Sell Your Film
Hot Docs is the place to connect with the decision makers who can buy your film. Our tailored market programs and services make doing business easy and effective—join us and take advantage of these unparalleled opportunities.
Distribution Rendezvous open to registered delegates only.
Free Boot Camp! How to Get the Most Out of Hot Docs
Find out how to maximize your Festival experience direct from Hot Docs insiders, including hot tips on how to take advantage of conference programming, networking and pitching opportunities—all for FREE!
Date: February 20, 2:30-5:00 PM
Location: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
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Book Your Stay at Hot Docs 2015 Host Hotel and Save
Connect with colleagues, be at the heart of the Festival action, and save up to 30% with preferred rates at the Hot Docs 2015 host hotel, The Park Hyatt.
Bookings now open.
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Check Out Hot Docs 2014 Industry Sessions On Vimeo
Get ready for Hot Docs 2015 by catching up on the top industry sessions, interviews and discussions with documentary luminaries from the 2014 conference.
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Three Days Left to Submit for Realscreen Awards
Realscreen looks forward to profiling your best work, so take advantage of this opportunity to shine. Make sure your shows are contenders in the industry’s global celebration of non-fiction and factual entertainment excellence.
Submissions deadline: February 6, 2015
NHK’s Takahiro Hamano to Receive 2015 Doc Mogul Award
Hot Docs will present Takahiro Hamano with the 2015 Doc Mogul Award, recognizing his essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry. Senior producer in the programming department for NHK, Hamano will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in his honour on Tuesday, April 28, during the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 23 to May 3, in Toronto. The luncheon will be hosted by Paul Lewis, President and General Manager of Discovery Networks in Canada.
Tickets for the 2015 Doc Mogul Award Luncheon will be available beginning January 27, 2015.
THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO at February’s Doc Soup Toronto
February’s Doc Soup will present the Toronto premiere of THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, which unravels the mouthwatering history of this iconic dish, the mystery of General Tso and why we are eating his chicken.
THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, February 5, at 6:45 p.m. Director Ian Cheney will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the Wednesday screenings, and producer Jennifer 8. Lee will be in attendance for a Q&A at the Thursday screening.
Hot Docs Hits Sundance and Berlinale
Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook, industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw, programming manager Sarafina DiFelice and industry programmer Doroto Lech will be in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1. Elizabeth Radshaw and Dorota Lech will also be in attendance at Berlinale from February 5 to 15.
Intensive training sessions, career workshops and dynamic networking opportunities—plus an All-Access Pass to Hot Docs 2015. All free! Limited spots available. Applications now accepted.
Deadline: January 26, 2015
Get Seen by Leading Decision Makers in The Doc Shop
Place your film in The Doc Shop and be seen by hundreds of leading industry buyers, distributors and programmers at the Festival and online all year!
Submissions now accepted.
Deadline: March 23, 2015
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$10,000 to Tell Your Story—Appy to CrossCurrents Doc Fund
Are you a filmmaker with a unique story to tell? The CrossCurrents Doc Fund helps bring diverse, under-represented voices to the screen with a $10,000 production grant and professional development support. Applications open now for Canadian and international filmmakers.
Deadline: February 18, 2015
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Hot Docs and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that 11 projects have been chosen to receive a total of $241,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its fourteenth round of disbursements. With these 11 projects, a total of 138 projects have received funding via the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $3,150,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the first round of 2015 funding will open in April.
Discover which Canadian projects received funding.
Three Hot Docs Alumni Nominated for Oscars®
We’re thrilled that Hot Docs 2011 Forum alumnus FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, Hot Docs 2014 hit VIRUNGA, and 2014-15 Doc Soup selection LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM have been nominated for the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. Congratulations to all the nominees!
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Fourteen Hot Docs Alumni Nominated for Canadian Screen Awards
Congratulations to the Hot Docs alumni who have been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards. The awards will be announced at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015.
- Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds recipient THE LOST HIGHWAY received a nomination for Best Documentary Program.
- 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection ALIAS received a nomination for Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series.
- 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection THE EXHIBITION received nominations for Best Direction in a Documentary Program and Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series.
- 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection FIGHT LIKE SOLDIERS DIE LIKE CHILDREN received a nomination for Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series.
- 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection and Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds recipient THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE received nominations for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series, and Best Sound in a Documentary, Factual or Lifestyle Program or Series.
- 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE received nominations for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research, Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series and best Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Factual Series. Director Ric Esther Bienstock will receive the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.
- 2014 Hot Docs Official Selection, 2013 Hot Docs Deal Maker alumnus and Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds recipeint OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT received nominations for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series.
- 2014 Hot Docs Official Selection GUIDELINES (LA MARCHE À SUIVRE) received nominations for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award, Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary and Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary.
- 2014 Hot Docs Official Selections MARINONI: THE FIRE IN THE FRAME and SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER each received nominations for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award and Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary.
- 2014 Hot Docs Official Selections EVERYTHING WILL BE, THE SOWER (LE SEMEUR) and WHERE I’M FROM (D’OÙ JE VIENS) each received a nomination for Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary
- 2014 Hot Docs Official Selection JUTRA received a nomination for Best Short Documentary.
Four Hot Docs Alumni to Screen at Sundance 2015
Congratulations to the Hot Docs alumni who have been announced as Sundance 2015 official selections. Hot Docs Forum 2012 project BEST OF ENEMIES (formerly VIDAL V. BUCKLEY) will screen as part of the U.S. Documentary Competition, and Hot Docs Forum 2013 project CENSORED VOICES, Hot Docs Forum 2010 project SEMBENE!, and Hot Docs Forum 2014 project and Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund recipient THE AMINA PROFILE (formerly AMINA – A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS) will screen as part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition.
Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Fund Grants $118,000 to African Film Projects
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Blue Ice Group are pleased to announce that nine African film projects have been chosen to receive a total of $118,000 in development, production and completion grants from the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund in its fourth round of disbursements. Four projects will receive development grants, three projects will receive production grants, and two projects will receive special completion grants, all selected from 75 submissions from 19 different African countries. Development and production grant recipients will also receive support to attend Hot Docs 2015, where they will take part in a creative filmmakers’ lab, attend Hot Docs screenings, conference sessions, the Hot Docs Forum and various networking events, and participate in a year-round peer-to-peer mentorship program. They will also receive support to attend and participate in the Durban International Film Festival and Durban Film Market.
The $1-million Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund was created in 2011 to help enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories, and contribute to the African documentary community’s next generation. To date, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund has awarded a total of $501,000 to 32 projects.
Applications for the next round of disbursements will open in June 2015 and close in August 2015.
Hot Docs 2015 Made In Program to Showcase India
Hot Docs is pleased to announce that it will feature films from India in its Made In program at the 2015 Festival, April 23 to May 3. Each year the Made In program celebrates a country or region’s contribution to documentary, offering revealing glimpses into the social, political, economic and cultural issues facing those societies. The 2015 Made In India program will highlight the remarkable work and incredible cinematic legacy from the Indian documentary community. Film titles in this program will be announced in March.
In preparation for Made In India, Hot Docs president Chris McDonald will join the OMDC and Telefilm Canada delegation at the Film Bazaar and the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, and looks forward to forging new relationships and building foundations for future collaboration with the Indian film industry.
Hot Docs Presents Learning from Documentary Audiences Study at RIDM
Hot Docs is pleased to release a French-language version of Learning from Documentary Audiences: A Market Research Study, a major survey of documentary viewing habits in Canada supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).
The study will be presented by Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw on Wednesday, November 19, at the Coffee With Hot Docs: Audience Report session at RIDM. The presentation will focus on how the results of the study impact the French-language market.
The English-language version of the study was presented at the 2014 TIFF Doc Conference.
2015 Outstanding Achievement and Focus On Honourees Announced
The Hot Docs Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has chosen masterful Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective during the 22nd annual Festival, April 23 to May 3, celebrating Guzmán’s distinguished career as a director and writer. Hot Docs will also pay tribute to Canadian filmmaker Carole Laganière, subject of this year’s Focus On retrospective.
Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile, and studied filmmaking at the Film Institute at the Catholic University of Chile, and at the Official School of Film in Madrid. Guzmán has worked on over 20 films, which are regularly selected and awarded prizes at international festivals, throughout a career spanning more than 40 years. His most recent feature-length film NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (2010) won Best Documentary at the 2010 European Film Awards, Best Feature at the 2011 International Documentary Association Awards, Best Documentary at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards in 2012, and was nominated for the 2012 Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay Award and the 2013 Best Documentary Emmy. Guzmán’s credits as director include THE BATTLE OF CHILE (1975-79), winner of six grand prizes in Europe and Latin America and declared one of the 10 best political films in the world by Cineaste; IN GOD’S NAME (1987), winner of the Grand Prize, Festival dei Popoli; THE SOUTHERN CROSS (1992), winner of the Grand Prize, Marseille International Festival of Documentary Film; CHILE, OBSTINATE MEMORY (1999); THE PINOCHET CASE (2001), winner of the Grand Prize, Marseille International Festival of Documentary Film; SALVADOR ALLENDE (2004); and MY JULES VERNE (2005). Guzmán currently chairs the International Documentary Film Festival (FIDOCS) in Santiago, Chile, which he founded in 1997.
Hot Docs will also pay tribute to Carole Laganière with this year’s Focus On retrospective, an annual program showcasing the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker. After directing prize-winning fiction films such as JOUR DE CONGÉ (1989) and ALINE (1992), Carole Laganière dedicated herself to documentary, a genre that allows her to combine her social and artistic concerns. She won two consecutive Best Canadian Feature Documentary awards at Hot Docs: THE FIANCÉE OF LIFE (2002) and THE MOON AND THE VIOLIN (2003). Her credits as director include EAST END KIDS (2004); COUNTRY (2006), an official selection at Hot Docs; EAST END FOREVER (2010); and ABSENCES (2014), which was directed during Laganière’s two years in the National Film Board’s Filmmaker-in-Residence program and was an official selection of Hot Docs 2014.
Films in the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective and Focus On Carole Laganière programs will be announced in March. Industry registration will open in January 2015.
Wrongfully Imprisoned Subject of Hot Docs Hit DAVID & ME Freed!
The Hot Docs team is elated by the recent news of David McCallum’s release from prison after being wrongly convicted and held for almost 30 years. Toronto audiences may know of David’s story from the heartrending film David & Me, which received its world premiere at the 2014 Hot Docs Festival and which was supported by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund.
David & Me was one part of a larger team effort, championed by Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, to secure David’s release. Directors Ray Klonsky—whose relationship with David inspired the film—and Ray’s friend Marc Lamy laboured for nearly a decade on the cause and the documentary. During filming, they worked closely with a private investigator hired by Toronto-based Markham Street Films to seek new evidence in the case, which was eventually uncovered, turned over to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and became part of a larger case file that helped determine David and his co-accused’s innocence.
David & Me was embraced by Hot Docs audiences, who voted it into the top 15 favourites at the Festival, and was screened for hundreds of students as part of the Docs for Schools program.
Hot Docs applauds the producers, filmmakers and David’s legal team and advocates who worked tirelessly to tell his story, uncover the truth and right this terrible wrong.
Support the filmmakers’ campaign to help David’s transition to life as a free man.
Hot Docs Showcase at Windsor International Film Festival This Week
The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) has teamed up with Hot Docs to present an outstanding selection of Hot Docs Showcase films at WIFF 2014, running November 1 to 9. The program features 12 unique and provocative films that were selected for Windsor audiences by Hot Docs president Chris McDonald who will be in attendance at the festival.
The films include:
- ADVANCED STYLE (D: Lina Plioplyte | USA | 2014)
- BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner | Belguim, Canada, Germany | 2014)
- BRONX OBAMA (D: Ryan Murdock | USA | 2014)
- HARMONTOWN (D: Neil Berkeley | USA | 2014)
- LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE (D: Dave Jannetta | USA | 2014)
- LOVE ME (D: Jonathon Narducci | USA, Ukraine | 2014)
- POINT AND SHOOT (D: Marshall Curry | USA, Canada, 2014)
- WRITE DOWN, I AM AN ARAB (D: Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin | Israel, Palestine | 2014)
- THE BACKWARD CLASS (D: Madeleine Grant | Canada, India | 2014)
- THE BEIJING ANTS (D: Ryuji Otsuka | China | 2014)
- THE STARFISH THROWERS (D: Jesse Roesler | USA, India | 2014)
- VESSEL (D: Diana Whitten | USA | 2014)
Hot Docs Releases Learning from Documentary Audiences Study
Hot Docs is pleased to release Learning from Documentary Audiences: A Market Research Study, a major survey of documentary viewing habits in Canada supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).
Drawn from thousands of completed questionnaires and a five-city focus group tour, results of the study were presented at the 2014 TIFF Doc Conference by Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw.
Congratulations to Hot Docs Alumni at IDFA
Congratulations to the recent Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker alumni, and Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipients screening at this year’s International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) from November 19 to 30. Projects include CHAMELEON (2013 Hot Docs Forum and 2013 Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Completion Fund), MOTHER OF THE UNBORN (2013 Hot Docs Deal Maker and 2012 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Development Grant), and THE SHORE BREAK (2013 Hot Docs Deal Maker and 2013 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Completion Grant).