Hot Docs Names Shane Smith as New Director of Programming
Hot Docs is delighted to announce that Shane Smith will join the team as the organization’s new director of programming. Shane brings years of festival experience and expertise to the position, having headed up the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and programmed for TIFF, Sundance and the Inside Out Festival among others.
“Shane has built a well-earned reputation as a champion of original and visionary filmmakers, and his innovative programming reflects his own passion to inspire, inform and entertain film goers,” says executive director Brett Hendrie. “I can’t wait for our audiences to meet him.”
Shane comes to Hot Docs from the Toronto International Film Festival where as the director of special projects he oversees a range of initiatives and events, including large-scale strategic projects, TIFF in the Park, Nuit Blanche, the digiPlaySpace travelling exhibition, and Short Cuts programming for TIFF.
“As a long time attendee of the Festival and a life-long lover of the documentary form, I’m thrilled to be joining the stellar team at Hot Docs,” says Shane. “Having witnessed first-hand the incredible growth of the organization, I’m looking forward to playing my part in the evolution of the Festival by continuing to bring the finest documentaries in the world to Toronto audiences.”
Shane will join the Hot Docs team at the beginning of October.
Photo: George Pimental
Sarafina DiFelice Steps into New Role as Associate Director of Programming
Hot Docs is also pleased to announce that current programming manager Sarafina DiFelice will assume the new position of associate director of programming. Through her outstanding work at the Festival and Doc Soup, Sarafina has helped to develop some of Hot Docs’ most successful programs, while building outstanding relationships with Toronto audiences and the international documentary community. In her new larger role, she will be taking on new strategic assignments designed to help build Hot Docs’ programming brand, outreach and reputation for excellence.
RACING EXTINCTION to Open Doc Soup 2015-16 Season
Doc Soup Toronto’s 2015-16 season will open with the Toronto premiere of Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) embarks on an urgent mission to save endangered species. Never-before-seen images and footage reveal just how close we are to causing mass extinction, potentially losing half of all species by the end of the century. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the team delves into the two worlds driving extinction—the dangerous international black-market trade of endangered wildlife and the disastrous environmental consequences of human activity. Emotional and inspiring, Racing Extinction is a wake-up call to preserve a thriving planet before it’s too late.
Racing Extinction will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, October 8, at 6:45 p.m. Co-producer Gina Papabeis will be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in post-screening Q&As.
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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Fund Fellows Win at Durban
While attending the Durban FilmMart, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund fellows Zipporah Nyaruri and Peggy Mbiyu won the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam prize and the AfriDocs prize for their documentary project Truck Mama. Fellows Jean Meeran and Zinaid Meeran (Blindness) were awarded the New Cinema Network prize for their fiction project Riot Waif.
Doc Days of Summer at the Bloor
Enjoy the final days of summer by catching up on some of the year’s best docs, including The Backward Class, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Salt of the Earth, The Wolfpack, and more!
Dates: August 28 - September 10, 2015
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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Recipients to Attend Durban International Film Festival
Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw and the 2014 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund fellows will be attending the Durban International Film Festival and Durban FilmMart from July 17-21, where they will participate in a variety of networking and educational sessions.
Fund Your Film: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Fund Applications Now Open
Applications are now open for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund. The Fund provides development and production grants, along with mentorships and international networking opportunities, to professional filmmakers who are residing citizens of continental African countries and who work in the region.
Application Deadline: August 19, 2015
Hot Docs Guide to International Decision Makers—On Sale Now
With over 210 contacts and vital information about the international broadcast and digital players, the Hot Docs Guide to International Decision Makers is an invaluable resource for any producer. Get yours today!
Hot Docs Official Selections Secure Distribution Deals
Congratulations to all the Hot Docs 2015 official selections that have recently secured distribution deals. Titles include:
Hot Docs Presents Panamania at the Bloor
Join us this summer for Hot Docs Presents: A Celebration of Pan American Culture Through Film at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
Exploring the diverse stories, vibrant cultures and remarkable contributions of Pan American peoples, the series includes BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, SENNA, MARLEY and more!
Dates: July 11 & 12, August 8 & 9
Bring Hot Docs Home with Industry Sessions on Vimeo
Experience Hot Docs year-round with select 2015 industry conference sessions on Vimeo, including presentations and discussions with leading documentary filmmakers and industry luminaries.
Chris McDonald Named International Superhero at New Zealand’s Documentary Edge Festival
On Friday, May 29, Hot Docs president Chris McDonald was awarded Documentary Edge Festival’s International Superhero Award, which recognizes an individual’s significant and essential contribution to the international documentary industry. “We are tremendously lucky and grateful to have the support of a visionary leader. Chris has generously provided us with his sage advice to enable us to grow under his tutelage,” said Alex Lee and Dan Shanan, co-directors of Documentary Edge Festival.
Chris will next be attending the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Myanmar from June 14 to 19, where he will serve on the jury for the international competition.
Doc Soup 2015-16: Subscribe Today!
Don’t miss your chance to subscribe to the 2015-16 Doc Soup season. Running October through April, Hot Docs’ monthly screening series brings seven of the world’s hottest docs to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, with special guests at every screening. Subscribers also receive Hot Docs 2016 Festival tickets. Subscribe today!
Hot Docs Volunteer Wins 2015 June Callwood Award
Congratulations to long-time Hot Docs volunteer Rhonda B. Cohen who received the 2015 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, recognizing individuals for superlative volunteer contributions to their communities.
Thank you to Rhonda B. and all our wonderful volunteers who make the smooth operation of the Hot Docs Festival and our year-round activities possible.
Record-Breaking Audiences of 200,500 at Hot Docs 2015
Hot Docs has wrapped its 22nd edition with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 200,500. The 11-day event featured 452 public screenings of 210 films on 17 screens across Toronto, an internationally renowned conference and market for documentary professionals, and Docs For Schools, a phenomenally popular education program for youth. The Festival welcomed more than 300 guest filmmakers and subjects from across Canada and around the world to present their films and take part in special post-screening Q&A sessions with audiences. Official film selections were chosen from a total of 2724 films submitted to the Festival.
At the Festival, Hot Docs presented the third edition of the Scotiabank Big Ideas series, featuring screenings and live onstage discussions with prominent documentary subjects, including Grammy-nominated comedian Tig Notaro, charismatic former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Danny Williams, journalist Andy Greenberg, the parents of DEEB WEB subject Ross Ulbricht, ex-Fugee Pras Michel, Olympic Gold Medal-winning hockey player Charline Labonté, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean, and American college football player Conner Mertens. This year also saw the launch of the DOCX program, which featured a virtual reality installation of four short films and an interactive live performance launching the final chapter of the NFB’s acclaimed HIGHRISE digital documentary series.
UNBRANDED Wins Vimeo On Demand Audience Award
After the final screening yesterday, audience votes were tallied for the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award. The winner is UNBRANDED (D: Phillip Baribeau, USA), the story of four young men on an adventure of a lifetime as they ride over 3000 miles from Mexico to Canada on adopted wild mustangs. Second place goes to LOWDOWN TRACKS (D: Shelley Saywell, Canada) and third is THE MESSENGER (D: Su Rynard; Canada, France).
The top 20 audience favourites as determined by audience vote are:
1.) UNBRANDED (D: Phillip Baribeau, USA)
2.) LOWDOWN TRACKS (D: Shelley Saywell, Canada)
3.) THE MESSENGER (D: Su Rynard; Canada, France)
4.) MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER (D: Moyoung Jin, South Korea)
5.) RADICAL GRACE (D: Rebecca Parrish, USA)
6.) HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD (D: Jerry Rothwell; UK, Canada)
7.) FRACTURED LAND (D: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher; Canada)
8.) OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH (D: John Rowe, USA)
9.) WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? (D: Liz Garbus, USA)
10.) FRAME BY FRAME (D: Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach; USA)
11.) MAVIS! (D: Jessica Edwards; Canada, USA)
12.) ATTACKING THE DEVIL: HAROLD EVANS AND THE LAST NAZI WAR CRIME (D: Jacqui Morris, David Morris; UK, Canada)
13.) THE BARKLEY MARATHONS: THE RACE THAT EATS ITS YOUNG (D: Timothy Kane, Annika Iltis; USA)
14.) SPEED SISTERS (D: Amber Fares; Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada)
15.) TRANSFATTY LIVES (D: Patrick O’Brien, USA)
16.) TIE: MUSIC LESSONS (D: Michael Mabbott, Canada) and NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY (D: Rama Rau, Canada)
18.) ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (D: Suzanne Crocker, Canada)
19.) SURVIVORS ROWE (D: Daniel Roher, Canada)
20.) FINDING MACPHERSON (D: Serge Giguère, Canada)
Check Out the Hot Docs Collection on Vimeo On Demand
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Hot Docs Unveils Community Partnership with TIFF for In Conversation With… Kevin Macdonald
Academy Award-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald joins TIFF onstage to discuss his career balancing incisive documentaries (Oscar winner One Day in September, Touching the Void, Marley) with acclaimed narrative features (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Black Sea).
Date: Saturday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
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Hot Docs Hits Cannes and Yorkton Film Festival
Hot Docs industry programmer and Forum producer Dorota Lech will be attending Marché du Film at the Festival de Cannes from May 13 to 22, where she will participate in Doc Corner. Hot Docs industry programs manager Stephanie McArthur will be attending the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan from May 21 to 24, where she will speak on one of the 2015 Festival Panels.
Are you a Canadian filmmaker with a doc-in-progress? The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds offer completion grants and no-interest development loans to help finance social, cultural and political one-off documentaries produced in Canada by Canadian-based production companies.
Applications open June 3, 2015.
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Join Your Colleagues June 1-3 in Santa Monica for Realscreen West
The next must-attend event for anyone in the production, distribution or broadcasting of reality television and factual entertainment. Three days of inspirational content and unprecedented networking opportunities. Register now and start networking with delegates. Registration includes access to the Realscreen Awards!
The Bell Media Best of Hot Docs returns to Winnipeg as part of Gimme Some Truth. The program will feature the Winnipeg premieres of five outstanding Hot Docs 2015 hits, including 2015 award winners THE AMINA PROFILE and CHAMELEON.
Dates: May 30 & 31, 2015
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Bring Hot Docs Home With You
Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook has curated a fantastic collection of past Hot Docs Festival favorites on SundanceNow Doc Club, the streaming service dedicated to documentaries. The collection includes Citizenfour director Laura Poitras’ film The Oath, the story of Osama bin Laden’s personal bodyguard, and Planet of Snail, the love story between a deaf-blind poet and his wife. Watch these films and more FREE now with a 30 day trial of SundanceNow Doc Club.
This weekend at Global Visions 2015 the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs showcased the Edmonton premieres of five outstanding hits from Hot Docs 2015. The Global Visions 2015 festival runs until Monday, May 18.
WELCOME TO LEITH Wins 2015 Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award
As voted by attending filmmakers with official selections in the Festival, the 2015 Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award winner is WELCOME TO LEITH (D: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker; USA), the real-life horror story of a dangerous white supremacist’s attempt to buy land in Leith, North Dakota, and establish a community of neo-Nazis.
T-REX Wins Docs For Schools Students’ Choice Award
Doc For Schools, Hot Docs’ education program that runs during the Festival and offers free in-theatre and in-school screenings of select Festival films, reached a record number of students in 2015. An estimated 87,000 students participated in the program, including schools in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
Selected by student ballot from among 10 Docs For Schools selections that screened at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema during the Festival, the winner of the inaugural Docs for Schools Students’ Choice Award is T-REX (D: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper; USA), the story of boxing phenomenon Claressa “T-Rex” Shields.
Hot Docs 2015 Awards Announced
On Friday, May 1, at a reception hosted by Garvia Bailey, host of Good Morning Toronto! on Jazz.FM91, at the Shangri-La Hotel, 12 awards and $61,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.
Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (D: Charles Wilkinson; P: Charles Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler; Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Screening again on Saturday, May 2, at 8:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Sunday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart House Theatre.
Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
THE AMINA PROFILE (D: Sophie Deraspe; P: Isabelle Couture; Canada)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award
Ryan Mullins, CHAMELEON
Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Panicaro Foundation.
Best International Feature Documentary Award
THE CLOSER WE GET (D: Karen Guthrie; P: Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope; UK)
Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Panicaro Foundation.
Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary
THE LIVING FIRE (D: Ostap Kostyuk; P: Daniil Vulitsky; Ukraine)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Screening again on Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall.
In the Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary category, the jury gave an honourable mention HOT SUGAR’S COLD WORLD (D: Adam Lough; P: Adam Lough; Hunter Stephenson; USA).
Emerging International Filmmaker Award
Evangelia Kranioti, EXOTICA, EROTICA, ETC.
Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $5,000 prize courtesy of the Panicaro Foundation.
Screening again on Saturday, May 2, at 9:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Theatre.
Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
WARRIORS FROM THE NORTH (D: Søren Steen Jespersen; P: Nasib Farah; Denmark)
The award includes a $3,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
In the Best Mid-Length Documentary category, the jury gave an honourable mention to LANZMANN (D: Adam Benzine; P: Adam Benzine, Kimberley Warner; UK, Canada).
Best Short Documentary Award
TERRITORY (D: Eleanor Mortimer; P: Eleanor Mortimer, Jacob Thomas; UK)
The award includes a $3,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Hot Docs is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentaries and, as winner of the Best Short Documentary Award, TERRITORY will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.
In the Best Short Documentary category, the jury gave and honourable mention to HOW TO CROSS (FROM JILIZ TO JILIZ) (D: Sona Kocharyan, Marine Kocharyan; P: Sona Kocharyan, Marine Kocharyan; Armenia).
Outstanding Achievement Award
Presented by the Hot Docs Board of Directors to Patricio Guzmán.
Doc Mogul Award
Presented to Takahiro Hamano by the Hot Docs Board of Directors at a special awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 28.
Don Haig Award
Toronto-based producer Anne Pick
The award includes $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation.
The Lindalee Tracey Award
This award, honouring an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour, was presented to Yosef Baraki for his film MINA WALKING. The recipient received a $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Lindalee Tracey Fund, $5000 in post-production services from Technicolor, and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.
The Vimeo On Demand Audience Award and audience top ten favourite films of the 2015 Festival, determined by audience ballot, will be announced on Monday, May 4. Also announced on this day is the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award, determined by ballots cast by Hot Docs 2015 filmmakers.
The 2015 awards for films in competition were determined by four juries.
The Canadian Feature Documentary Jury: Ally Derks (Founder, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Michelle Shephard (Toronto Star’s award-winning National Security correspondent, author and filmmaker), John Zaritsky (Director, A DIFFERENT DRUMMER: CELEBRATING ECCENTRICS, Hot Docs 2015).
The International Feature Documentary Jury: Malika Zouhali-Worrall (Director, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, Hot Docs 2015), Tabitha Jackson (Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute in Los Angeles), Alison Klayman (Director, THE 100 YEARS SHOW, Hot Docs 2015).
The Mid-Length Jury: Ben Fowlie (Founder and Executive Director, Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum), Josh Braun (Co-President, Submarine), Jeanie Finlay (Director, ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, Hot Docs 2015).
The Shorts Jury: Jessica Edwards (Director, MAVIS!, Hot Docs 2015), Rodney Ascher (Director, THE NIGHTMARE, Hot Docs 2015), Matt Wolf (Director, IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE).
Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker Wrap Successful 2015 Editions
The Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ key international co-financing market event, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Hot Docs’ one-on-one curated pitch event, and Distribution Rendezvous, Hot Docs’ tailored meeting service for completed films seeking distribution, saw brisk pitching, networking and deal-making. A total 19 projects representing 15 countries were presented to a panel of over 300 key commissioning editors and funders at the Hot Docs Forum, a total of 78 projects were pitched at approximately 535 meetings during Hot Docs Deal Maker, and a total 330 meetings were facilitated as Distribution Rendezvous.
Over $10,000 in cash prizes was awarded to projects at this year’s Hot Docs Forum.
The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize was awarded to MC2 Communication Media’s LIVING WITH GIANTS, a feature-length film project about the imaginative world of Paulusie Kasudluak, a young Inuk facing responsibilities and transitions into adulthood. Disbursed from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds, the $10,000 cash prize is awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the Forum as voted on by attending international buyers.
The Cuban Hat Award, which offers “real cash, no strings attached” support for powerful and unique projects, was presented to SEARCHING FOR MERCURY 13 (Fine Point Films), pitched by Brendan Byrne, Trevor Birney and Andrew Reid. Established in 2009 in an impromptu display of collegial support, the Cuban Hat Award is decided from ballots collected from Hot Docs Forum Observers and the cash prize is raised by passing the hat. This year’s prize includes $489 CDN, $96.54 US, 6 euros, 20 Swiss francs, 1,000 Korean won, 200 dirhams, and 5,000 Colombian pesos, all of which is matched dollar-for-dollar by Hot Docs, bringing the total cash prize to $1,950.94 CDN. The prize also includes two 2016 Hot Docs All-Access Passes, one observer pass to IDFA, one observer pass to RIDM, as well as consulting sessions with various industry experts.
In addition to these market events, a full week of industry programming was attended by 2474 delegates from around the world. Hot Docs mounted a roster of five workshops, 12 conference sessions, 38 networking events and parties, three Kickstart panels for emerging filmmakers, 11 micro-meetings, 16 Close Up With… sessions with broadcasters, 15 Rent-an-Expert sessions, the Doc Summit, International Co-Production Day panels, and the Hot Docs Awards Presentation. Hot Docs also hosted a record 12 official delegations from Catalonia, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, the Nordic Region, Northern Ireland, South Africa, South Korea and the USA.
Hot Docs in the Headlines - May 2
NOW Magazine - Hot Docs 2015: The Winners
Variety - THE CLOSER WE GET Takes Top Award at Hot Docs
Variety - Review of WAR OF LIES
Realscreen - CREE CODE TALKER wins Short Film Pitch
The Hollywood Reporter - THE CLOSER WE GET Takes Top Award at Hot Docs
Metro - Olympic champion Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields inspires at Hot Docs Festival
Winnipeg Free Press - Documentary about B.C.’s Haida Gwaii wins top prize from Hot Docs
CBC - Interview with subject John Fox (SURVIVORS ROWE)
CP24 - Interview with co-director Tim Grabham (THE CREEPING GARDEN)
CP24 - Interview with director Daniel Roher (SURVIVORS ROWE)
CTV News - HAIDA GWAII film wins top prize at Hot Docs
CTV News - Rehtaeh Parsons documentary looks at final years of torment
Hot Docs in the Headlines - April 30
NOW Magazine - What to See Today: April 29
Toronto Star - Film premiere brings online threats
POV Magazine - Hot Docs 2015 Reviews
Huffington Post - RADICAL GRACE Celebrates the Lives of Three Feminist American Nuns
Indiewire - How Hot Docs Helps Underappreciated Documentaries Find Life
Indiewire - Hot Docs Screens Documentaries by Strong Women, About Strong Women
Indiewire - Hot Docs 2015 Women Directors: Meet Donna LoCicero (3 STILL STANDING)
Realscreen - Interview with co-director Kevin Pang (FOR GRACE)
Realscreen - Feature on DEEP WEB
The Hollywood Reporter - The Man Behind SHOAH Gets His Close-Up, Feature on LANZMANN
The Hollywood Reporter - HBO Picks Up Doc About SHOAH Director Claude Lanzmann
The Hollywood Reporter - Italy, Canada Launch Documentary Co-Production Fund
CBC - Controversial gay Muslim film has world premiere in Toronto
Torontoist - Hot Docs 2015 Coverage
The Matinee - Hot Docs 2015 Coverage
Cinema Axis - Hot Docs 2015 Coverage
Twitch Film - Hot Docs 2015 Coverage
Digital Journal - Hot Docs 2015 Coverage
Special Hot Docs Collection Offers on iTunes
Can’t make it to Hot Docs this year? For a limited time, you can watch 2015 Festival hits BEING CANADIAN, CHAMELEON and STAY AWHILE on iTunes in Canada.
And until May 5, you can rent nine popular Hot Docs Collection titles for 99 cents on iTunes, including 2014 Festival hits ADVANCED STYLE, TO BE TAKEI and THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ, as well as 2015 Oscar nominee and Hot Docs Forum alum FINDING VIVIAN MAIER.
Check out the Hot Docs Collection on iTunes at iTunes.com/HotDocs.
Hot Docs in the Headlines - April 28
NOW Magazine - What to See Today: April 27
NOW Magazine - What to See Today: April 28
The Globe and Mail - Interview with director Robert Cohen (BEING CANADIAN)
Toronto Star - Greenpeace co-founder Robert Hunter’s humble legacy, Feature on HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Toronto Star - Six films uncovering the secrets of states
Toronto Star - Disabled wrestlers battle for respect in DOGLEGS
Toronto Star - Six Reviews
Maclean’s - Why romance novelists are the rock stars of the literary world, Feature on BETWEEN THE COVERS
Maclean’s - Feature on MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER
Realscreen - Narrowing the Lens in PEACE OFFICER
Indiewire - Hot Docs 2015 Women Directors: Meet Rebecca Parrish (RADICAL GRACE)
Indiewire - Get Behind The Wheel With The Trailer And Poster For Racing Documentary SPEED SISTERS
Huffington Post - Mor Loushy’s CENSORED VOICES: Why We’re Winning Wars and Losing Peace
CHCH - Hot Docs 2015 Staff Picks
Inside Toronto - Parkdale Filmmaker Thrilled to Premiere Songbird Documentary at Hot Docs, Feature on THE MESSENGER
Broadcaster - Hot Docs Announces Recipient of Don Haig Award
Producer Anne Pick Named 2015 Don Haig Award Recipient
Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Toronto-based producer Anne Pick has been named this year’s recipient of the Don Haig Award.
The Award, now in its tenth year, is presented by the Hot Docs Board of Directors to an outstanding Canadian independent producer with a feature-length film in competition at the Festival, and is selected by a jury of independent producers. The Award recognizes creative vision and entrepreneurship, as reflected in the recipient’s body of work and Festival film, as well as a track record of mentoring emerging Canadian filmmakers.
Pick is the producer of A DIFFERENT DRUMMER: CELEBRATING ECCENTRICS (D: John Zaritsky), which had its Toronto premiere at Hot Docs on Sunday, April 26. She will be presented with a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation, at the Hot Docs Awards on Friday, May 1.
Hot Docs in the Headlines - April 25
NOW Magazine - What to See at Hot Docs This Weekend
The Globe and Mail - Why the narrating voice of God has disappeared at Hot Docs
Toronto Star - Feature on THE LAST MOGUL
POV Magazine - Some Like it Hot: THE AMINA PROFILE, ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD, and LOWDOWN TRACKS
POV Magazine - Character Studies: FINDING MACPHERSON, SETH’S DOMINION and A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
POV Magazine - This is Her Story: MOM AND ME, MILK and SPEED SISTERS
POV Magazine - Reshaping Reality: HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, CHAMELEON, DEPROGRAMMED and SUGAR COATED
POV Magazine - Eco Docs: THE MESSENGER, HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT and FRACTURED LAND
Indiewire - Hot Docs 2015 Women Directors: Meet Laurie Kahn (LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS)
Indiewire - Hot Docs Exclusive: Former al-Shabaab Member Speaks Out In Clip From WARRIORS FROM THE NORTH
The Hollywood Reporter - Review of MISSING PEOPLE
Realscreen - Shapiro returns to docs with MISSING PEOPLE
CP24 - Interview with DRONE director Tonje Hessen Schei
680 News - Comic-turned-director Howie Mandel hits Hot Docs with COMMITTED
OpenCanada.org - Ten Foreign Affairs Documentaries To See
Hot Docs in the Headlines - April 24
NOW Magazine - What to See at Hot Docs 2015 Today
The Globe and Mail - Dissecting a golden age of lies at Hot Docs
Toronto Star - Tig Notaro documentary opens Hot Docs fest
Toronto Star - Hot Docs looks back, as well as forward
Toronto Star - Preserving analog lives in a digital world
Indiewire - Hot Docs 2015 Women Directors: Meet Tonje Hessen Schei (DRONE)
Realscreen - Blue Ice Docs takes DEPROGRAMMED, AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 CONCERTS
CBC - Interview with Frances Bean Cobain, producer of KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
CBC - Feature on SURVIVOR’S ROWE
580 CFRA - SUGAR COATED documentary explores health dangers of sweets
More Special Guests Added
Hot Docs is honoured to welcome a number of guest subjects and 190 directors to the upcoming Festival, April 23 to May 3, to introduce their films and participate in post-screening audience Q&As.
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In addition to the guests previously announced, featured guests are listed below. In most cases, the guests will be present at one or more screenings.
Will Durst and Johnny Steele from 3 STILL STANDING – Two American comedians who were contemporaries and close colleagues of superstars Robin Williams and Dana Carvey.
Ted Patrick from DEPROGRAMMED – An anti-cult crusader and deprogramming expert.
Massoud Hossaini and Farzana Wahidy from FRAME BY FRAME – Internationally renowned Afghan photojournalist Farzana Wahidy and Pulitzer Prize-winner Massoud Hossaini.
Steven Plotnicki from FOODIES – A New York-based food blogger.
Nick Koenig from HOT SUGAR’S COLD WORLD – A Grammy-nominated music producer.
Zack Little and Cason Troutman from JESUS TOWN USA – Two performers in the USA’s longest running Passion Play.
Nancy Prebilich from ON HER OWN – Farmer and co-owner of Gleason Ranch in Washington, USA.
William “Dub” Lawrence from PEACE OFFICER – A former sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team.
Amy and Ryan Green from THANK YOU FOR PLAYING – Ryan Green, an indie video game developer, and his wife Amy.
Stephanie Allynne from TIG – Stephanie Allynne is an actress and writer.
Ben Masters, Ben Thamer, Thomas Glover, Jonny Fitzsimmons and Val Geissler from UNBRANDED – Four friends who travelled from Mexico to Canada on wild mustangs, and cowboy Val Geissler who supported their journey through Arizona.
Erich Hahn Jr. from A WOMAN LIKE ME – Husband of director and subject Alex Sichel.
Hot Docs in the Headlines - April 23
Find out what they’re saying about films at this year’s Festival!
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.
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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 WEB – WIRED 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.
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.
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.
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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!
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 www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150.
View the 2015 screening schedule online or download as a pdf.
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
SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT
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
OUT TO WIN
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.
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.
DOCX VIRTUAL REALITY SHOWCASE
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.
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.
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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.
CHECK OUT CIRCLE
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.
SEE THE RECIPIENTS
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.
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.
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.
SEE THE MICRO-MEETING SCHEDULE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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