Apply to Distribution Rendezvous
Project applications for Distribution Rendezvous are now open. Registered delegates can apply through the Online Community.
Finished and rough cut films can solidify their future in these pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with distributors, sales agents and festival programmers. Continue the conversation during an exclusive mingle for participating delegates and decision makers.
- Pass Level Required: Conference and Networking Pass, All-Access Pass
- Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
2014 Hot Docs Passes and Packages Now On Sale
Hot Docs 2014 ticket packages and passes are now available at special early-bird prices! With three ticket packages and four great pass options to choose from, you’ll have no trouble getting your fill of docs at the 2014 Festival. This year there are a limited number of passes available, so hurry and purchase your ticket package or pass today. Buy Now!
Single tickets will go on sale on March 18, when the full film program is announced.
Register for the 2014 Industry Conference and Market
Online registration for the 2014 Hot Docs industry conference and market is now open! Choose from three great industry passes, each tailored to help you make the most of your Festival experience. Regular pricing available until April 18, 2014.
ALIVE INSIDE at April’s Doc Soup Toronto
March’s Doc Soup will present the Toronto premiere of ALIVE INSIDE, an exploration of the remarkable way music can awaken deeply locked memories and re-start lives that have faded away.
ALIVE INSIDE will screen at 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm on Wednesday, April 2, and at 6:45 pm on Thursday, April 3, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.
April’s Doc Soup Calgary: TIM’S VERMEER
On April 2, Doc Soup Calgary will screen TIM’S VERMEER, about inventor Tim Jenison’s search to uncover how Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography.
The film will screen at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest. Learn more >>
Hot Docs Announces 14 Titles in Special Presentations Program
Hot Docs is pleased to announce 14 documentary features that will be part of the Special Presentations program at the 2014 Hot Docs Festival, April 24 to May 4. Packed full of premieres, festival award winners, works by master filmmakers or featuring star subjects, this program will bring this year’s biggest doc titles to Canada for the first time.
The full Special Presentations program, and complete selection of Hot Docs 2014 films will be announced on March 18, 2014.
Ticket packages and passes are now on sale online.
Single tickets and package redemption will be available beginning March 18, 2014.
Special Presentation titles appears below, ordered alphabetically:
D: Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev | Russia | 2014 | 70 min | World Premiere
An intimate firsthand account of how Russian’s LGBT youth are fighting with extreme courage against President Vladimir Putin’s law forbidding “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”
A DANGEROUS GAME
D: Anthony Baxter | UK | 2014 | 90 min | World Premiere
In this explosive tale, everyday heroes battle against Donald Trump and a cast of greedy Goliaths who want to turn some of the earth’s most precious places into golf courses for the super-rich.
D: Victor Kossakovsky, 32 film students VVAA | Russia, Spain | 2013 | 70 min | Canadian Premiere
Legendary director Victor Kossakovsky sends 32 film students to document Barcelona’s massive and violent anti-austerity street protest in 2012. Set to an operatic score, his stunning collage transforms into a brilliant crowd-sourced street ballet.
D: Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi | Austria, Switzerland, Germany | 2013 | 118 min | Canadian Premiere
What do topless Ukrainian women, Syrian dissidents and Wall Street Occupiers have in common? A colourful new tactic—creative non-violent protest. See why and how modern pacifism is winning in this slick tribute to disobedience.
THE GREAT INVISIBLE
D: Margaret Brown | USA | 2014 | 92 min | Canadian Premiere
With unprecedented access, this comprehensive documentary utilizes an investigative eye and a humanizing touch to examine the causes and impacts of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
D: Chad Walker, Dave LaMattina | USA | 2014 | 85 min | World Premiere
With an incredible archive of home videos, the story of Caroll Spinney reveals how a big heart and unstoppable talent created two of the world’s most beloved Sesame Street Muppets, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
D: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens | USA | 2013 | 95 min | Canadian Premiere
The trailblazing career of internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle is celebrated in this beautifully shot testament to her passionate commitment to saving the world’s oceans and its imperiled inhabitants.
POINT AND SHOOT
D: Marshall Curry | USA | 2014 | 82 min | International Premiere
Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke shares extraordinary visual tales of his adventures motorcycling across the Middle East—including when he joins forces with Libyan rebels to oust Muammar Gaddafi, is captured and held in solitary confinement for six months.
RETURN TO HOMS
D: Talal Derki | Syria, Germany | 2013 | 87 min | Canadian Premiere
Filmed over the course of two years, Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize-winner RETURN TO HOMS takes us into the lives of two friends caught in the middle of the raging civil war in Syria.
D: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos | USA | 2014 | 92 min | International Premiere
In a small rural town, three young residents find themselves dreaming big but living small in this achingly beautiful, Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning depiction of adolescence.
D: Gianfranco Rosi | Italy, France | 2013 | 93 min | Canadian Premiere
Following the stories and endeavours of citizens living and working along the giant ring road that encircles Rome, this Venice Golden Lion winner paints an enchanting portrait of everyday moments in The Eternal City.
D: Igal Hecht | Canada | 2014 | 95 min | World Premiere
Every hero needs a villain. Without the Iron Sheik there could be no Hulkamania. Khosrow Vaziri’s transformation from Olympic wrestler to American pop culture icon is a personal and emotional tale that will “make you humble.”
UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL
D: Kitty Green | Australia, Ukraine | 2013 | 80 min | Canadian Premiere
Ukraine’s gorgeous group of topless feminist activists, FEMEN, take off their shirts to take on their government, exposing gender inequality and government corruption through their provocative public protests.
WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER
D: Joe Berlinger | USA | 2014 | 107 min | International Premiere
Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger strips away the myths surrounding infamous Boston gangster and FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger, exposing the truth behind his criminal empire and revealing shocking new allegations of government corruption and complicity.
2014 Conference to Feature Keynote by Johanna Blakley
This year’s Hot Docs Industry Conference Doc (r)Evolution will feature a keynote presentation by Johanna Blakley, PhD, managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center. An expert on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, digital media and intellectual property law, Blakley has two talks on TED.com and she speaks frequently in the U.S. and abroad about her research.
Doc (r)Evolution will also feature a variety of workshops and sessions, including International Co-Production Day, Kickstart, Micro Meetings, and Doc Summit, and will provide delegates with opportunities for one-on-one and small-table meetings with leading thinkers and industry experts.
The conference will take place April 28-May 2, during the Hot Docs Festival, which runs April 24-May 4.
Peter Wintonick’s BE HERE NOW Raises $17,673 On Doc Ignite
Congratulations to the BE HERE NOW filmmaking team, who have exceeded their goal of raising $15,000. Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped spread the word about BE HERE NOW.
Check out the Doc Ignite BE HERE NOW blog for more information.
Book Your stay with Hot Docs Accommodation Partners and Save!
Hot Docs delegates can take advantage of preferred rates for stays during the 2014 Festival. Book your stay at either our host hotel the Park Hyatt Toronto, located in the fashionable Yorkdale area just a stone’s throw away from the Hot Docs Festival hub, or with our accommodation partner the Courtyard Toronto Downtown by Marriott, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Learn more about Hot Docs accommodation and travel deals.
EDN Financing Guide Discount for 2014 Forum Delegates
The European Documentary Network Financing Guide is an essential tool for filmmakers containing detailed profiles for over 100 European and international broadcasters acquiring documentaries, as well as information on film funds, distributors, VoD platforms, crowd-funding tools and more.
For further details, visit: www.edn.dk
As a Hot Docs Forum delegate, you will receive a 25 per cent discount and can purchase the Guide for 75 Euro. (Please note that if you live in an EU country and do not have an international VAT number, 25% VAT will be added to the 75 Euro.)
To order, email email@example.com by Monday, April 8, 2014. Include “HDF delegate” in the subject line and your contact info in the e-mail. You will be able to pick up your copy of the guide at the Industry Registration Desk during the Festival.
documentary Box Office Opens March 10 for Advance Pass and Package Sales
The documentary Box Office will open for in-person doc soup subscriptions, and pass and package sales on March 10. Passes and ticket packages can be purchased online now.
Single ticket sales and ticket package redemption will be available starting on March 18, 2014, when the full Hot Docs 2014 film selection is announced.
Call for Submission: 2014 Doc Summit
On Friday, May 2, 2014, Canadian documentary makers will gather at Hot Docs’ annual Doc Summit to share revolutionary concepts, ideas and tools that can transform the Canadian documentary market. The goal of the event is to communicate ideas that support documentary practice and create an environment of collegiality and collaboration.
We are looking for five speakers to present brilliant and viable solutions to issues facing the Canadian documentary industry. Each presentation should be five minutes or less.
If you have a solution to present, please submit your idea to industry conference programmer Jane Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 14.
Submissions should be two short paragraphs: one that states the issue and a brief description of the solution, such as a technological hack, a cooperative initiative or a new way to engage audiences; and another that states the presentation method, such as a slide presentation or a short video.
Presentations will be selected based on originality of idea, feasibility of solution and presentation style. Selected presenters will be notified by March 28.
Industry Early-Bird Deadline March 3 - Register Now
Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2014 Hot Docs Industry Conference and Market! This year’s conference program Doc (r)Evolution will offer sessions and workshops focused on 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.
Doc (r)Evolution will take place April 28-May 2, during the Hot Docs Festival April 24-May 4.
Early-Bird Deadline: March 3, 2014
Seven Official Delegations to Attend Hot Docs 2014
Seven official delegations have been confirmed for Hot Docs 2014. Official delegations from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Region, South Africa and the USA attending this year’s Festival will take part in International Co-Production Day, a day-long gathering of Canadian and international producers that focuses on networking and facilitating new co-production opportunities. Official delegations will also participate in International Co-Production Day producer-to-producer meetings, which allow delegates to meet one-on-one with potential producing partners from attending international delegations.
Submissions Now Open for 2014 Lindalee Tracey Award
Submissions are now open for the 2014 Lindalee Tracey Award. The Lindalee Tracey Award honours an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice, and a sense of humour. The final deadline to apply is March 14, 2014. Apply now!
New CrossCurrents Doc Fund Awards $10,000 to Quipu Project
Hot Docs and the R & M Lang Foundation are pleased to announce the first CrossCurrents Doc Fund recipient QUIPU PROJECT (D: Maria Court, Rosemarie Lerner; England, Peru), an interactive doc that shares first-hand accounts of people affected by Peru’s forced sterilization policy, which targeted over 300,000 indigenous women and men in the 1990s. The project will receive a $10,000 grant from the Fund, which was established in 2013 to support short and mid-length documentaries from emerging filmmakers working within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.
Outstanding Achievement and Focus On Honourees Announced
The Hot Docs Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has chosen journalist and multiple BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis as the recipient of its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective during the 21st annual Festival, April 24 to May 4, celebrating Curtis’ distinguished career as a director, producer and writer.
Adam Curtis is known for his distinctive visual style. He has been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career, and currently writes a blog for the public service broadcaster www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis. Curtis’ credits as director include ITALIANS (1984); MODERN TIMES (1997); THE CENTURY OF THE SELF (2002); THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES: THE RISE OF THE POLITICS OF FEAR (2004), winner of the Directors Guild of Great Britain award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Documentary; THE TRAP: WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR DREAM OF FREEDOM (2007); IT FELT LIKE A KISS (2009); and ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE (2011). His producer credits include BAFTA award-winning television series PANDORA’S BOX (1992) and THE MAYFAIR SET (1999).
Hot Docs will also pay tribute to Canadian filmmaker John Zaritsky with the 2014 Focus On retrospective. As part of the retrospective, Hot Docs will screen Zaritsky’s ROMEO AND JULIET IN SARAJEVO, in partnership with Toronto Public Library’s One Book program, a city-wide book club that is part of the library’s annual Keep Toronto Reading Festival, running April 1-31.
John Zaritsky has been making documentary films for almost 40 years, and his films have been honoured with more than 30 major awards, been broadcast in 35 countries, and have screened at more than 40 film festivals around the world, including Sundance, TIFF, VIFF, IDFA, Hot Docs and SXSW. Notable awards include: an Academy Award® for JUST ANOTHER MISSING KID (1982); seven Geminis; the Hot Docs Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature for LEAVE THEM LAUGHING (2010); and Emmy Award nominations for BROKEN PROMISES (1989), BORN IN AFRICA (1990), and ROMEO AND JULIET IN SARAJEVO (1994). Recently, Zaritsky has directed Gemini Award winners COLLEGE DAYS, COLLEGE NIGHTS (2004), THE SUICIDE TOURIST (2007) and THE WILD HORSE REDEMPTION (2007) for his Vancouver-based production company Point Grey Pictures. He is currently working on ECCENTRICS and NO LIMITS with Real to Reel Productions.
Films in the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective and Focus On John Zaritsky programs will be announced in March.
LA MAISON DE LA RADIO at March’s Doc Soup Toronto
March’s Doc Soup will present the Toronto premiere of LA MAISON DE LA RADIO, master documentarian Nicolas Philibert’s enchanting, enlightening and frequently humorous look at the inner workings of the inspirational public broadcaster Radio France—the French equivalent of NPR.
LA MAISON DE LA RADIO will screen at 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm on Wednesday, March 5, and at 6:45 pm on Thursday, March 6, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
March’s Doc Soup Calgary: THE UNBELIEVERS
On March 5, Doc Soup Calgary will screen THE UNBELIEVERS, about renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss crusade to replace religion and politics with reason.
The film will screen at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 5, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest. Learn more >>
2014 Attending Decision Makers List Now Online
A preliminary list of the 2014 attending buyers, distributors, agents and funders is now available. The list includes delegates participating in Hot Docs market activities, including the Hot Docs Forum, and will be updated as more buyers confirm. View the complete list.
With representatives from ARTE/ZDF, CBC, Discovery Networks International, NHK, OWN: The Oprah Network, PBS, Shaw Media and more, you won’t want to miss this year’s Hot Docs Conference and Market. Industry registration is open now, with special early-bird pricing until March 3.
Eight Emerging Filmmakers Selected for New documentary Doc Accelerator Program
Eight participants have been selected for the documentary Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program, which is designed to help them accelerate their careers with an intensive Festival-based curriculum and an extended mentorship job training opportunity. The goal of the program is to foster a new generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers by providing real-world skills development and economic opportunities within the documentary film, television and digital media industries.
The 2014 participants are:
- Ryan Barnett (Toronto, ON)
- Amy Bohigian (Nelson, BC)
- Francesca Fionda (Toronto, ON)
- Sophie Guérin (Montreal, QC)
- Danielle Noble (Lunenburg, NS)
- Claire Sanford (Montreal, QC)
- Farzana Shammi (Scarborough, ON)
- Steve Suderman (Winnipeg, MB)
2014 Made In Program to Showcase Denmark
Hot Docs is pleased to announce that the 2014 Made In program will showcase recent works from Denmark at this year’s Festival, April 24 to May 4. 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. This year the Made In Denmark program will highlight the high calibre of filmmaking in the Danish documentary community, which consistently pushes the boundaries of the art form. Film titles will be announced in March.
IF YOU BUILD IT at February’s Doc Soup Toronto
February’s Doc Soup will present the Canadian premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT, a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom where students learn the power of design-thinking and how to reinvent their own sense of what’s possible.
IF YOU BUILD IT will screen at 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm on Wednesday, February 5, and at 6:45 pm on Thursday, February 6, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Director Patrick Creadon will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.
Call for Submissions: 2014 Durban Filmmart
Submissions are now open for the 2014 Durban Filmmart.
Deadline: February 18. 2014
February’s Doc Soup Calgary: THE ARMSTRONG LIE
On February 5, Doc Soup Calgary will screen THE ARMSTRONG LIE, a riveting insider’s story about the collapse of one of the greatest athletic legends of our time.
The film will screen at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 5, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest. Learn more >>
Hot Docs Hits Sundance and Realscreen
Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie, director of programming Charlotte Cook, industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw, director of operations Alan Black and programming manager Sarafina DiFelice will be in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival, January 16 to 26. While there, Charlotte Cook will serve on the U.S. Documentary Jury. Industry programmer Chloe Sosa-Sims will be in attendance at the Realscreen Summit, January 26 to 29.
Doc Institute Announces New Breakthrough Program for Producers
The newly arrived DOC Institute is pleased to announce its first Producer’s Exchange initiative. The Breakthrough Program is a rigorous and intimate market-preparation course that mentors eight high-potential producers as they get ready to successfully pitch and sell their projects at Hot Docs. Applications due January 30, 2014, before midnight.
Hot Docs and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that nine projects have been chosen to receive a total of $236,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its twelfth round of disbursements. With these nine projects, a total of 120 projects have received funding via the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $2,729,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the first round of 2014 funding will open April 2014.
Discover which Canadian projects received funding.
Ten Hot Docs Alumni Nominated for Canadian Screen Awards
Congratulations to the Hot Docs alumni who have been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards. Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds recipient QUALITY BALLS—The David Steinberg Story has been nominated for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research; Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds recipient WATERMARK and 2011 Hot Docs Official Selection PEOPLE OF A FEATHER have been nominated for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary award; 2012 Official Selection HERMAN’S HOUSE has been nominated for the Best Original Music for a Non‐Fiction Program or Series, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series and the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political/Documentary Program; 2012 Official Selection THE MYSTERY OF MAZO DE LA ROCHE has been nominated for Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series; 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection BLOOD RELATIVE has been nominated for Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series, and the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political/Documentary Program; 2013 Hot Docs Official Selection THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA has been nominated for Best Direction in a Documentary Program and Best Documentary Program; and 2013 Hot Docs Official Selections CHI, JUST AS I REMEMBER and MARY & MYSELF have been nominated for Best Short Documentary. The awards will be announced at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday March 9, 2014.
Submit to the 2014 Festival Doc Shop
Submission to the 2014 Festival Doc Shop are now open, with a final deadline of March 24. The Doc Shop offers an interactive, on-demand viewing experience for programmers, distributors and buyers from around the world. During the Hot Docs Festival, April 24-May 4, The Festival Doc Shop’s fully digital, on-site video library will offer users access to over 2000 documentaries at one of the 40 on-site computer terminals. Following the Festival, registered buyers can still view your film at The Doc Shop Online.
Deadline: March 24, 2014
Doc Challenge 2014: Call for Entries
Submissions are now open for the 2014 International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers from all over the world have five days to make a short four to seven minute non-fiction film is looking for submissions.
Seven Hot Docs Alumni Make Oscar Shortlist
Congratulations to Hot Docs 2013 Official Selections BLACKFISH, THE CRASH REEL, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, GOD LOVES UGANDA, PUSSY RIOT—A PUNK PRAYER, and WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LIFE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIME OF TIM HETHERINGTON, and Shaw Media-Hot Docs recipient STORIES WE TELL on being shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Hot Docs Alumni to Screen at Sundance 2014
Congratulations to the Hot Docs alumni who have been announced as Sundance 2014 official selections. Hot Docs Deal Maker 2013 project THE CASE AGAINST 8 (D: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) will screen as part of the U.S. Documentary Competition; Hot Docs 2012 Forum project WEB JUNKIE (D: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia) will have its world premiere as part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition; and Hot Docs Forum 2009 project THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE (D: Thomas Allen Harris) will have its world premiere as part of the New Frontiers Films program.