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EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL at December’s Doc Soup Toronto
December’s Doc Soup will present the Toronto premiere of EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL. Called “deeply moving” by The Hollywood Reporter, EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL is a gripping and raw self-portrait that dissects the factors that drove filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe from a lighthearted childhood to robbing a bank at the age of 16.
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, December 4, at 6:45 p.m. Director Darius Clark Monroe will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions at select screenings.
RED ARMY at December’s Doc Soup Calgary
December’s Doc Soup Calgary will feature the Alberta premiere of RED ARMY, the stunning story of one of the most successful dynasties in sports history—the Soviet Union’s Red Army hockey team—and how their on-ice battles were integral to the nation’s Cold War propaganda.
The film will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest.
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Submit a Film to Hot Docs 2015 Festival
Hot Docs is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Festival! Newly revised submission guidelines and FAQs are available online.
Deadline: December 10, 2014
Late Deadline: January 7, 2015
Submit a Project to the 2015 Hot Docs Forum
Submissions are now open for the 2015 Hot Docs Forum. Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion. This year’s Forum takes place April 29 and 30, during the Hot Docs Festival, April 23 to May 3.
Deadline: January 12, 2015
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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.
documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Applications Now Open
Applications are now open for the documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program, which is designed to help emerging documentary filmmakers from across Canada accelerate their careers. With a goal of fostering a new generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers by providing real-world skill development and opportunities, the program consists of an intensive Festival-based curriculum and an extended mentorship job training opportunity.
Deadline: December 15, 2014
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 Documentary 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).
Hot Docs is pleased to welcome Scott Henderson, Vice-President, Communications for Bell Media, to the organization’s Board of Directors.
About Scott Henderson
As Vice-President, Communications, Scott Henderson leads the strategic, day-to-day operations of program and talent publicity, corporate communications, public affairs, community investment, and special events for Bell Media.
Henderson is responsible for all communications efforts for the company’s two conventional networks, CTV and CTV Two; Bell Media’s stable of entertainment, factual, sports, news, specialty and pay channels; as well as the company’s radio stations, digital properties, and Out-of-Home division.
A 16-year veteran of the company, Henderson began his career at The Comedy Network (now Comedy) shortly after its launch. He became Director, Communications in 2004 and Vice-President, Communications in 2007. An industry trailblazer and advocate for strategic and fulsome communication strategies surrounding original Canadian content, he has overseen the publicity campaigns for some of the Canada’s most-watched and successful original programs, including CORNER GAS, CANADIAN IDOL, FLASHPOINT, THE JUNO AWARDS, MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, DEGRASSI, SAVING HOPE, and, most recently, ORPHAN BLACK, MASTERCHEF CANADA, BITTEN, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.
See the full Board of Directors.
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Films Announced for Hot Docs Showcase 2014-15 Season
Hot Docs is pleased to announce the 2014-15 season of Hot Docs Showcase, a program that offers independent cinemas, film societies, student associations, museums, libraries and other non-traditional screening venues across Ontario access to a catalogue of recent, high-quality Canadian and international documentary films. The 18 films specially selected by Hot Docs offer audiences unique viewing experiences through engaging and provocative true-life stories from around the globe.
Hot Docs Hits VIFF
Hot Docs senior Canadian programmer Lynne Fernie will be in attendance at the Vancouver International Film Festival, September 25 - October 10. While there she will serve as a member of the Impact Award jury.
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Congratulations to Hot Docs Forum Alumni Premiering at TIFF
Congratulations to the recent Hot Docs Forum projects screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, September 4-14.
THE PRICE WE PAY (D: Harold Crooks)
THE WANTED 18 (D: Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan)
Hot Docs Hits TIFF 2014 – Meet Staff at This Year’s Fest
A number of Hot Docs staff, including executive director Brett Hendrie, president Chris McDonald, director of programming Charlotte Cook, and industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw, will be in attendance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 4 to 14.
Hot Docs Releases New Documentary Impact Report
Hot Docs, Inspirit Foundation and Panicaro Foundation are pleased to release Documentary Impact: Social Change through Storytelling. The report examines the ways documentary film can drive social and cultural change, further elaborating on the ideas expressed during Docs Change People. People Change the World., a free public talk on the value of social impact documentaries held during the 2014 Hot Docs Festival.