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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.

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

Buy 2015 Festival Passes and Packages Now and Save

Hot Docs 2015 ticket packages and passes are now available at special early-bird prices! With two amazing passes and four incredible ticket packs to choose from, you’ll have no trouble getting your fill of docs at the 2015 Festival. There are a limited number of passes available, so hurry and purchase your ticket package or pass today.

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Single tickets will go on sale on March 17, when the full film program is announced.


   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 1:55 | #

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.

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

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM at February’s Doc Soup Calgary

February’s Doc Soup Calgary will feature award-winning director Rory Kennedy’s LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM. Called a “masterpiece” by The New Yorker, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM is a stunning look at the final days of the Vietnam War and the heroic efforts of Americans who took matters into their own hands to help evacuate 135,000 South Vietnamese.

The film will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest.
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   Posted: Fri, January 16, 2015 - 1:35 | #

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.

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

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Submissions now accepted.
Deadline: March 23, 2015
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   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
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   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!

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   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.

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   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.

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   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 | #

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.

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   Posted: Mon, November 10, 2014 - 10:25 | #

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.


   Posted: Mon, November 10, 2014 - 10:20 | #

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.

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   Posted: Mon, November 10, 2014 - 10:20 | #

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)

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   Posted: Mon, November 10, 2014 - 10:15 | #

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.

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   Posted: Tue, November 04, 2014 - 9:20 | #

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).


   Posted: Tue, November 04, 2014 - 9:10 | #

Hot Docs Welcomes Bell Media’s Scott Henderson to its Board

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.

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   Posted: Wed, October 29, 2014 - 4:05 | #

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   Posted: Wed, October 29, 2014 - 4:00 | #

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.

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   Posted: Mon, September 29, 2014 - 1:25 | #

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.


   Posted: Wed, September 24, 2014 - 10:00 | #

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   Posted: Tue, September 23, 2014 - 11:40 | #

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