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Hot Docs Welcomes 200+ Special Guests to the 2015 Festival

Hot Docs is honoured to welcome a number of guest subjects and 186 directors to the upcoming Festival, April 23 to May 3, to introduce their films and participate in post-screening audience Q&As.


Featured guests are listed below. In most cases, the guests will be present at one or more screenings.

  • Tig Notaro from TIG – The Grammy-nominated comedian, actress, and writer.

  • Suzanne Crocker and her family from ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD – Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker, her husband Gerard Parsons and their three kids gave up the comforts of modern life for nine months in the remote Yukon wilderness.

  • Bernice Steinbaum from BERNICE – An art world pioneer, flamboyant gallerist and enthusiastic artist advocate.

  • Anas Aremeyaw Anas from CHAMELEON – A Ghanaian investigative journalist famous for undercover disguises and unorthodox detective methods.

  • Irina Margareta Nistor from CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM – A Romanian translator and film critic who, under the Communist regime, secretly dubbed thousands of Hollywood films.

  • Howie Mandel from COMMITTED – The Canadian comedian, actor, television host and voice actor.

  • Danny Williams from DANNY – The charismatic and outspoken ninth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Andy Greenberg and Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht from DEEP WEBWIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg and the parents of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the online black market Silk Road.

  • Dan Ariely from (DIS)HONESTY—THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES – A “dishonesty guru,” and professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University.

  • Yuki Nakajima from DOGLEGS – A clinically depressed member of a renegade Tokyo wrestling league who seeks recognition and respect despite his invisible disability.

  • Curtis Duffy from FOR GRACE – Renowned chef and owner of three-star Michelin restaurant Grace.

  • Stan Sakai from FOR THE RECORD – A Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) provider redefining the craft for the next generation.

  • Caleb Behn from FRACTURED LAND – A young Aboriginal leader and lawyer struggling to protect his territory in northern British Columbia.

  • John Vaillant from HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT – Author of the Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, on which the film is based.

  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will introduce THE LAST MOGUL.

  • Riitta Kujala and Catherine Othieno from LEAVING AFRICA – Friends who bravely risk it all to confront religious leaders on women’s rights and equality in Uganda.

  • Conor McCourt from MISSING PEOPLE – A New York State licensed investigator and forensic video professional.

  • Terry Jones from MONTY PYTHON: THE MEANING OF LIFE – The British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director, author, and member of the Monty Python comedy team.

  • Nicola Costantino from NICOLA COSTANTINO: THE ARTEFACTA – One of Latin America’s most controversial and admired visual artists.

  • Glen Canning and Leah Parsons from NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY – The parents of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons.

  • Olympic Gold Medal-winning hockey player Charline Labonté, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean and American college football player Conner Mertens from OUT TO WIN.

  • Sister Chris Schenk from RADICAL GRACE – An American nun who records historical proof of the Church’s ancient female leadership to promote equality.

  • Ricardo Baca from ROLLING PAPERS – The Denver Post’s first ever marijuana editor and editor of The Cannabist.

  • Seth (Gregory Gallant) from SETH’S DOMINION – Canadian cartoonist Seth is best known for his series Palookaville.

  • Marah Zahalka and Noor Daoud from SPEED SISTERS – Members of the Middle East’s first all-women race car team.

  • Dr. Robert Lustig from SUGAR COATED – An American pediatric endocrinologist specializing in childhood obesity.

  • Pras Michel from SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT – The founder of hip-hop group the Fugees, who played a key role in Haiti’s presidential campaign following the 2010 earthquake.

  • Claressa Shields from T-REX – The first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing.

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Canada Media Fund—Supporting the Canadian Documentary Industry

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is proud to contribute to documentaries created by Canadians and enjoyed by audiences at home and abroad. Since 2010, they have contributed more that $295 million to over 1250 documentaries.

The CMF manages several programs accessible to documentary filmmakers to create content on a number of platforms, including the English POV program. They also develop Canadian and international partnerships to leverage available resources and increase access to markets and funding for television and digital media content, for both Canadian producers and their foreign counterparts.

In addition to financing, the CMF is pleased to partner with national and international festivals and markets, such as MIPDOC in France, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) in Montreal, and, of course, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. The CMF proudly promotes Canadian documentaries at these events and beyond.

You’re invited to consult the CMF Trends website, where you will find a host of relevant information for documentary producers. Find out how Canadian audiences are discovering documentaries by accessing Learning from Documentary Audiences: A Market Research Study.

   Posted: Mon, April 13, 2015 - 12:04 | #

Meet the CMF at Rent-an-Expert

On April 29, join the CMF’s director of program management Nathalie Clermont for Rent-an-Expert. Find out how you can benefit from the CMF’s funding programs (including eligibility criteria), upcoming documentary co-production matching fund programs, and industry research for your productions.

Date: April 29, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

   Posted: Mon, April 13, 2015 - 12:03 | #

Visit Toronto and See the World at Hot Docs

Thinking of coming to Hot Docs 2015? Book your stay at the Park Hyatt Toronto and receive four tickets to Hot Docs screenings, a concessions package and more—all for only $250!


   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:41 | #

Hot Docs 2015 Films & Schedule Announced

An outstanding selection of 210 documentaries from 44 countries will be featured at this year’s Hot Docs, running April 23 to May 3.

The Festival will opens with the international premiere of directors Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s TIG (USA, 2014, 95 min), a testament to comedian Tig Notaro’s defiant spirit and incredible humour in the face of adversity.

The CraveTV Hot Docs Box Office, located at 2 Bloor Street West, Cumberland Terrace–Main Level is open for ticket, package, and pass sales and ticket redemption. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at, or by phone at 416-637-5150.

View the 2015 screening schedule online or download as a pdf.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:40 | #

Scotiabank Big Ideas Series Returns - Featuring Five Films and Special Guests

The third edition of the Scotiabank Big Ideas Series will offer audiences the opportunity to experience five thought-provoking documentaries and then hear first-hand from the notable subjects and experts on the issues featured in the films.

This year’s films include:

D: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York | USA | 2014 | 95 min | International Premiere
Join comedian Tig Notaro in conversation about the film Tig, which charts her life in the eventful year following her bravely candid 2012 stand-up performance. Opening with “Good evening, I have cancer,” her groundbreaking set made her an overnight media sensation. Featuring Tig Notaro.

FRI, APR 24, 6:00 PM

D: Justin Simms, William D. MacGillivray | Canada | 2014 | 84 min | Toronto Premiere
Join us in a discussion with Danny Williams, the outspoken Canadian politician at the centre of Danny, a dynamic portrait laced with humour, political shenanigans and backroom anecdotes. Hear directly from the charismatic premier who stared down two prime ministers and Big Oil to transform the fortunes of Newfoundland and Labrador. Featuring Danny Williams.

SAT, APR 25, 6:30 PM

D: Alex Winter | USA | 2015 | 90 min | International Premiere
Following the international premiere of Deep Web, Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht join WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg (This Machine Kills Secrets) and director Alex Winter to discuss the plight of their son, Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the online black market Silk Road, and the murky world operating in the darkest corners of the internet. Featuring director Alex Winter, journalist Andy Greenberg and parents Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht.

SUN, APR 26, 6:30 PM

D: Ben Patterson | USA | 2014 | 86 min | International Premiere
Ex-Fugee Pras Michel joins us to discuss Haitian politics, the future of his home country, and his political campaign supporting controversial musician Michel Martelly for President of Haiti in the pivotal election following the 2010 earthquake, as depicted in Sweet Micky for President. Featuring Pras Michel.

TUE, APR 28, 6:30 PM

D: Malcolm Ingram | USA, Canada | 2014 | 99 min | Canadian Premiere
From such pioneers as tennis champs Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King to tomorrow’s superstars, Out to Win chronicles the personal stories of the trailblazers whose sacrifices and conflicts have consumed their professional aspirations, and charts the greater path ahead for professional LGBT athletes around the globe. Featuring Olympic Gold Medal–winning hockey player Charline Labonté, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean and American college football player Conner Mertens.

WED, APR 29, 6:30 PM

A leader in the promotion of arts, creativity and community involvement, the Scotiabank Group’s generosity will, in addition to supporting the Big Ideas Series, continue to ensure the ongoing growth and vitality of two essential Hot Docs initiatives: its volunteer program and its community outreach and engagement program.

Additional support by the Government of Ontario and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund at Canadian Heritage.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:39 | #

Virtual Reality and Interactive Tech Comes to Hot Docs 2015

Hot Docs is pleased to announce DocX, a new program that celebrates pushing the documentary art form with innovative technologies that create engaging experiences for audiences.

HIGHRISE: UNIVERSE WITHIN, LIVE (D: Katerina Cizek, Canada, 2015)
A one-night-only interactive live performance that will launch the final chapter of the acclaimed HIGHRISE digital documentary series from the NFB. HIGHRISE: UNIVERSE WITHIN, LIVE takes audiences on a fascinating journey from Brooklyn to Mumbai to Guangzhou through original and moving portraits of highrise residents from around the globe. UNIVERSE WITHIN LIVE screens at Innis College on Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Witness the future creative and technical possibilities of documentary cinema, with four short films employ revolutionary 3D stereoscopy video, Oculus Rift technology and Samsung’s Gear Virtual Reality headsets to immerse audiences in unforgettable documentary experiences.

Take a breathtaking voyage through the Northwest Passage in THE POLAR SEA 360 (D: Thomas Wallner). Transport yourself to the stunning landscapes of Mongolia and into the lives of nomadic yak herders in HERDERS (D: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël). Experience renowned opera singer Measha Brueggergosman in concert in Cameroon and Canada in SONGS OF FREEDOM (D: Thomas Wallner); and, in STRANGERS WITH PATRICK WATSON (D: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski), go behind the scenes with the acclaimed Montreal singer.

The exhibit is free to view at the Isabel Bader Theatre from Friday April 24 to Friday May 1, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:38 | #

Buy 2015 Festival Tickets, Passes and Packages

The new CraveTV Hot Docs Box Office (2 Bloor Street West, Cumberland Terrace – Main Level) is open for 2015 Festival ticket, pass and package sales, plus 2015-16 Doc Soup subscriptions are available now at a special Festival rate.

Buy Now! Purchases can be made online, by phone at 416.637.5150 or in person.


   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:37 | #

CrossCurrents Doc Fund Awards $10,000 to Circle

Hot Docs and the R & M Lang Foundation have announced the second CrossCurrents Doc Fund recipient CIRCLE (D: Jayisha Patel; India, UK), a powerful yet hopeful documentary about 13-year-old Kushboo and her experiences with abuse and child marriage. In addition to a $10,000 grant, director Jayisha Patel will receive a Hot Docs Fellowship including travel, accommodation, and accreditation to this year’s Hot Docs Festival, April 23 to May 3.


   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:29 | #

Meet Canada’s Next Wave of Doc Makers at Hot Docs 2015

Selected from almost a hundred applicants, eight emerging Canadian filmmakers of diverse backgrounds have been awarded a spot in the inaugural Shaw Media Diverse Voices program, taking place during Hot Docs 2015, April 23 to May 3.


   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:27 | #

Sign Up Now: DocWorkshops & International Co-Production Day Meetings

Connect with potential partners from attending delegations and get essential training from industry experts at Hot Docs 2015.

International Co-Production Day Producer-to-Producer Meetings: Open to Conference & Networking and All-Access pass holders

DocWorkshops: Open to Conference, Conference & Networking, and All-Access pass holders

Sign-up now via the Online Community.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:26 | #

Celebrate NHK’s Takahiro Hamano at 2015 Doc Mogul Luncheon

Join your colleagues and celebrate the 2015 Doc Mogul Award winner Takahiro Hamano. The Dog Mogul Award Luncheon will be hosted by Paul Lewis, President and General Manager of Discovery Networks in Canada.

Date: April 28, 2015
Tickets can be purchased via the Online Community.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:25 | #

Micro-Meetings: Top Industry Tips for Filmmakers

Get industry intelligence direct from leading experts at Bell Fund, Canon Canada, Canadian Media Production Association, documentary Channel and CBC, Gathr, Indiegogo, NHK, ScreeningRoom, Smart Tones, TVO and Vimeo.

RSVP beginning April 13.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:24 | #

Check Out Hot Docs Films on Festival Scope

Hot Docs is pleased to announce our partnership with Festival Scope, the online platform for film professionals that allows festival selections from around the world to be viewed online on demand. Check out a selection of Hot Docs’ Canadian films and world premieres following their official Festival screenings.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:23 | #

CFC Media Lab’s VR Lounge at Hot Docs 2015

This Hot Docs, explore virtual reality with the CFC Media Lab’s VR Lounge, which will guide you through some of the key characteristics that make VR unique. Premiering the CFC Media Lab’s “VR sketches,” this will be the place to experience, discuss, learn and hear about where VR can take the documentary form.

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:22 | #

Gardiner Roberts LLP Returns as Official Law Firm of the Hot Docs Forum

Hot Docs is please to welcome back Gardiner Roberts LLP as the Official Law Firm of the 2015 Hot Docs Forum, taking place April 29 & 30.


   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:21 | #

Register for Realscreen West and Save

The next must-attend event for anyone in the production, distribution or broadcasting of reality television and factual entertainment, Realscreen West, is coming to Santa Monica June 1 to 3, 2015. Register before April 10 to take advantage of the early-bird rate.


   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:20 | #

Air Canada EnRoute Film Festival Call for Submissions

Canadian students and emerging filmmakers are invited to submit their short film to the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival starting April 1. Selected films will be broadcast on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system and viewed by millions of Air Canada passengers around the world. Finalists will receive amazing prizes and public screenings will be held in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2015

   Posted: Wed, April 01, 2015 - 11:19 | #

Don’t Miss Hot Docs Night on documentary Channel Every Friday

Catch award-winning documentaries and Hot Docs Festival favourites on the documentary Channel every Friday night from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET.


   Posted: Tue, March 31, 2015 - 2:38 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, March 04, 2015 - 3:05 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, March 04, 2015 - 3:04 | #

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

   Posted: Wed, March 04, 2015 - 3:03 | #

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

   Posted: Wed, March 04, 2015 - 3:00 | #

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.

   Posted: Thu, February 05, 2015 - 10:30 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, February 04, 2015 - 11:12 | #

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.

   Posted: Wed, February 04, 2015 - 11:11 | #

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

   Posted: Wed, February 04, 2015 - 11:09 | #

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.

   Posted: Wed, February 04, 2015 - 11:08 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, February 04, 2015 - 11:07 | #

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

   Posted: Wed, February 04, 2015 - 11:06 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, January 21, 2015 - 2:00 | #

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.


   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 1:50 | #

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.

   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 1:30 | #

Jump-Start Your Career With Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program

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

   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 9:40 | #

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

   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 9:35 | #

$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

   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 9:30 | #

Eleven Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Recipients Announced

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.

   Posted: Thu, January 15, 2015 - 1:55 | #

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!


   Posted: Thu, January 15, 2015 - 1:45 | #

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.


   Posted: Thu, January 15, 2015 - 1:40 | #

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.

   Posted: Wed, January 07, 2015 - 9:10 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, January 07, 2015 - 9:10 | #

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.

   Posted: Wed, January 07, 2015 - 9:00 | #

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