2014-15 Doc Soup Subscriptions Now On Sale
Subscriptions for the 2014-15 Doc Soup season are now on sale. From October through April, Hot Docs’ monthly screening series brings seven of the world’s hottest documentaries to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), with special guests at every screening. Subscribers also receive tickets for the 2015 Hot Docs Festival. Get yours today!
The Globe and Mail Foreign Dispatches Returns to the Bloor
On July 16, The Globe and Mail Foreign Dispatches returns with MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE. An unsettling look at the banking industry, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE explores the economic crisis and reveals a world of extreme income and merciless pressure. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guest Paul Waldie, the Report On Business editor for The Globe and Mail.
Thanks for Making Best of Hot Docs Vancouver a Success
With packed screenings and some fascinating Q&As, the Best of Hot Docs weekend in Vancouver was a success! Thank you to our presenting partner City, sponsor Rogers Group of Funds, media sponsor The Georgia Straight and everyone who came out to support the event. We hope to see you again in 2015.
Hot Docs Hits Sunny Side
Hot Docs industry programmer Chloe Sosa-Sims will be in attendance at Sunny Side of the Doc, June 23 to 26.
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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Applications Now Open
This Friday, June 20, applications open for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund’s 2014 funding cycle. The $1-million Fund provides development and production grants to African documentary filmmakers, as well as mentorship and networking opportunities that support accessing the international documentary community and market.
Applications will be open for professional filmmakers who are residing citizens of continental African countries and who work in the region.
Deadline: August 22, 2014
BravoFACTUAL Applications Open for Short Docs
BravoFACTUAL’s last application deadline of 2014 for short documentary projects is fast approaching. Since its inception less than a year ago, 22 short documentary projects from across Canada have been awarded production funding. These short docs reflect a wide range of styles,themes and subject matter. Don’t miss out on this amazing funding opportunity and apply by September 8, 2014.
Find out more at: www.bravofact.com.
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Hot Docs Hits Culture Days National Congress and Shanghai Television Festival
Hot Docs president Chris McDonald will be giving the keynote presentation at the Culture Days National Congress, May 22 to 23. He will also be attending Shanghai Television Festival, June 9 to 16, where he will serve as head of the documentary jury.
2014 Audience Award Winner Announced
After the final screening yesterday, audience votes were tallied for the Audience Award, sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca. The winner is THE BACKWARD CLASS (D: Madeleine Grant, Canada), the story of the Dalit students of Shanti Bhavan school in India preparing to make history by becoming the first from their “untouchable” caste to take high-school graduation exams. Second in the audience poll is MEET THE PATELS (D: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel; USA), in which a first-generation Indian-American decides to find love the old-fashioned way by letting his parents find him a wife; and third in the audience poll is THE CASE AGAINST 8 (D: Ben Cotner, Ryan White; USA), which looks at the emboldened movement to strike down California’s Prop 8 as unconstitutional.
The top 20 audience favourites are:
- THE BACKWARD CLASS (D: Madeleine Grant; Canada)
- MEET THE PATELS (D: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel; USA)
- THE CASE AGAINST 8 (D: Ben Cotner, Ryan White; USA)
- KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (D: Alan Hicks; USA)
- VIRUNGA (D: Orlando von Einsiedel; UK)
- MARINONI (D: Tony Girardin; Canada)
- AN HONEST LIAR (D: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom; USA)
- THE SECRET TRIAL 5 (D: Amar Wala; Canada)
- I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY (D: Chad Walker, Dave LaMattina; USA)
- THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST (D: Gabriel London; USA)
- DAVID & ME (D: Ray Klonsky, Marc Lamy; Canada)
- MISSION BLUE (D: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens; USA)
- BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner; Begium, Canada, Germany)
- JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY (D: Grant Baldwin; Canada)
- OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT (D: John Kastner; Canada)
- WATCHERS OF THE SKY (D: Edet Belzberg; USA)
- THE SHEIK (D: Igal Hecht; Canada)
- ALFRED AND JAKOBINE (D: Jonathan Howells, Tom Roberts; UK, Canada)
- RED LINES (D: Andrea Kalin, Oliver Lukacs; USA)
- VESSEL (D: Diana Whitten; USA)
Hot Docs 2014 Festival Sees Audiences of 192,000
Hot Docs has wrapped its 21st edition with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 192,000. The 11-day event featured 452 public screenings of 197 films on 16 screens across Toronto, an internationally renowned conference and market for documentary professionals, the phenomenally popular Docs For Schools youth education program, Hot Docs Live! simulcast on over 50 screens across Canada, and the Scotiabank Big Ideas series featuring screenings and onstage discussions with prominent subjects. The Festival welcomed 176 guest filmmakers and 60 guest subjects from across Canada and around the world to present their films and take part in special post-screening Q&A sessions with audiences.
“It’s a testament to the creative vitality of Canadian docs that one has captured the Audience Award and so many others have landed in the audience top twenty,” says Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs executive director. “Congratulations to all the filmmakers, and big thanks to the dedicated audiences who helped us welcome so many international guests—we love showing off this wonderful city and its insatiable appetite for docs.”
A full week of industry programming was attended by 2389 delegates from around the world. Hot Docs mounted a roster of three workshops, nine conference sessions, 23 networking events and parties, three Kickstart panels for emerging filmmakers, 11 Micro-Meetings, 16 Close Up With… sessions with broadcasters, three Rent-an-Expert sessions, the Doc Summit, International Co-Production Day panels, and the Hot Docs Awards Presentation. Hot Docs also hosted seven official delegations from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Region, South Africa and the USA.
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. In total, 20 projects representing 13 countries were presented to a panel of over 180 key commissioning editors and funders at the Hot Docs Forum. A total of 50 projects were pitched at approximately 540 meetings during Hot Docs Deal Maker, and Distribution Rendezvous facilitated approximately 329 meetings.
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 2014. Close to 85,000 students participated in the program, including schools in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
2014 Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award Winner Announced
During this year’s Hot Docs Festival, attending filmmakers with official selections in the Festival were invited to vote for their favourite film. This year’s Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award winner is NE ME QUITTE PAS (D: Niels van Koevorden, Sabine Lubbe Bakker; Netherlands, Belgium), and coming in a close second is BEYOND CLUELESS (D: Charlie Lyne; UK, Canada).
Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker Wrap Successful 2014 Edition
The Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ key international co-financing market event, and Hot Docs Deal Maker, Hot Docs’ curated one-on-one pitch meeting program, wrapped after three days of brisk pitching, networking and deal-making. At the Hot Docs Forum, 20 projects representing 13 countries were presented to a panel of over 180 key commissioning editors and other funders, while at Hot Docs Deal Maker, 50 projects were pitched to 56 buyers at approximately 540 meetings.
The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize was awarded to Shot Glass Productions’ TEMPEST STORM, a feature-length film about the incredible true story of one of America’s greatest living sex icons, who at the age of 84 is still the reigning queen of burlesque. 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. Shaw Media’s Sarah Jane Flynn presented the award to pitch team members Nimisha Mukerji and Kaitlyn Regehr.
The Cuban Hat Award, which offers “real cash, no strings attached” support for powerful and unique projects, was presented to THE BLUE ID (MOXIE, ARTvoltage), pitched by Burcu Melekoglu, Basak Callioglu and Vuslat Karan. This year’s prize includes $1347.15 CDN, $125 US, 27 euros, 5,000 pesos, as well as indiegogo support, an EyeSteel story session, distribution advice from Debra Zimmerman, a story editing session with Charlotte Engel, a screening and Skype session from Mette Hoffmann Meyer, and two 2015 Hot Docs Forum Passes.
Hot Docs in the Headlines May 3
The Globe and Mail - Belgian-Romanian, Canadian films take top prizes at Hot Docs
Toronto Star - John Kastner’s OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT Takes $10,000 Prize
National Post - Out of Mind, Out of Sight named best Canadian documentary as Hot Docs hands out 2014 prizes
Indiewire - Hot Docs 2014 Winners Announced: ‘Out of Mind, Out of Sight’ Wins Best Canadian Feature Documentary
Realscreen - OUT OF MIND, WAITING FOR AUGUST honoured
The Hollywood Reporter - Hot Docs Festival: ‘Waiting For August’ Takes Top Honors
Broadcaster - Hot Docs Deal Makers Trigger New Co-Pros, Commissions, Production Funding
Movie City News - Hot Docs 2014 Awards Announced
Huffington Post - Feature on the future of documentary
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Hot Docs 2014 Awards Announced
Tonight at a reception hosted by award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio’s Q, at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. Thirteen awards and $66,000 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. Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are awarded to the director of the winning film.
Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT (D: John Kastner; P: John Kastner, Deborah Parks, Silva Basmajian; Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT screens again on Sunday, May 4, at 1:00 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner; P: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz; Belgium, Canada, Germany)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award
Grant Baldwin, JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award - Honourable Mention
Amar Wala, THE SECRET TRIAL 5
Best International Feature Documentary Award
WAITING FOR AUGUST (D: Teodora Ana Mihai; P: Hanne Phlypo, Antoine Vermeesch; Belgium)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary
WALKING UNDER WATER (D: Eliza Kubarska; P: Monika Braid, Stefan Kloos, Maciej Ostoja-Chyžynski, Filip Kovcien, Eliza Kubarska; Poland, Germany, UK)
Sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
WALKING UNDER WATER screens again on Saturday, May 3, at 9:30 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Emerging International Filmmaker Award
Orlando von Einsiedel, VIRUNGA (UK)
VIRUNGA screens again on Saturday, May 3, at 9:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre.
Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
KINGS OF THE WIND & ELECTRIC QUEENS (D: Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz; P: Jérome Aglibert; France)
Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, the award includes a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Best Short Documentary Award
GHOST TRAIN (D: Kelly Hucker, James Fleming; P: James Fleming, Kelly Hucker; Australia)
The award includes a $3000 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, GHOST TRAIN 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.
Best Short Documentary - Honourable Mention
BEACH BOY (D: Emil Langballe; P: Emil Langballe; UK, Denmark)
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 two recipients: Madeleine Grant and Matt Johnson.
Each 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.
2014 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award
Don Haig Award
Toronto-based producer Michael McNamara
The award includes $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation.
Gaiam TV Conscious Media Award
Andrew Napier, MAD AS HELL (USA)
Selected by Gaiam TV, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Gaiam TV.
2014 Doc Mogul Award
Mette Hoffman Meyer (Commissioning Editor of Documentaries for DR TV, Danish Broadcasting Corporation)
The Audience Award, sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca, and audience top ten favourite films of the 2014 Festival, determined by audience ballot, will be announced on Monday, May 5. Also announced on this day is the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award, determined by ballots cast by Hot Docs 2014 filmmakers.
The 2014 awards for films in competition were determined by four juries.
The Canadian Feature Documentary Jury: Shelley Ambrose (executive director, The Walrus Foundation; publisher, The Walrus magazine), Malcolm Ingram (director, CONTINENTAL, Hot Docs 2013), Stephen Schroeder (executive director, Calgary International Film Festival).
The International Feature Documentary Jury: Anna Eborn (Director, PINE RIDGE, Hot Docs 2014), Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and Founder, Kartemquin Films), Tom Quinn (Co-President, RADiUS-TWC).
The Mid-Length Jury: Thomas Balmès (Director, HAPPINESS, Hot Docs 2014), Kirsten Johnson (Director, Cinematographer), Maxim Pozdorovkin (Director, THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT, Hot Docs 2014).
The Shorts Jury: Jessica Oreck (Director, AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS, Hot Docs 2013), Florian Habicht (Director, PULP, Hot Docs 2014), Matthew Hays (Montreal-based critic, author, film festival programmer and university instructor).
Hot Docs in the Headlines May 2
The Globe and Mail - Feature on John Kastner (OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT) and Jamie Kastner
The Globe and Mail - Feature on BRONX OBAMA
NOW Magazine - The final crop of Hot Docs
Toronto Star - Interview with James “The Amazing” Randi (AN HONEST LIAR)
Indiewire - Interview with Ms. Cleo from HOTLINE
Indiewire - Interview with Ryan Cassata from SONGS FOR ALEXIS
CBC, Q - Interview with Kitty Green (UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL)
CBC, Q - Interview with Dan Harmon (HARMONTOWN)
CBC, Q - Interview with Brian Knappenberger (THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ
Hot Docs Final Weekend - Hot Picks
What are you watching this weekend? We’ve got incredible docs on screens across the city.
Here’s a list of hot picks to help you plan your doc-viewing schedule.
Friday, May 2
- AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE On probation, the renowned artist continues to resist and provoke Chinese authorities. 4/5 Ns – NOW Magazine (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 6:00 pm)
- IN COUNTRY While re-enacting the Vietnam War, a platoon of unlikely men seek meaning and discover unsettling truths. “A fascinating portrait.” – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6:30 pm)
- RED LINES Unlikely activists struggle to establish one free and democratic Syrian village. “One of the most important films at this year’s Hot Docs.” – Pretty Clever Films (ROM Theatre, 7:00 pm)
- A DANGEROUS GAME Everyday heroes battle Donald Trump and greedy developers looking to turn precious landmarks into playgrounds for the rich. (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 8:30 pm)
- LIVING STARS A joyously unabashed love letter to dancing. “Endlessly entertaining.” – POV Magazine (Hart House, 9:30 pm)
- SHIELD AND SPEAR South African artists and musicians test the limits of free expression on issues of race, class and history. “Essential viewing.” – Toronto Film Scene (ROM Theatre, 9:30 pm)
See all Friday screenings
Saturday, May 3
- SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER The legendary rocker’s career is celebrated through a mix of archival material and rock opera. “Red-hot ticket.” – Toronto Star (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 11:00 am)
- BRONX OBAMA An unemployed single dad reinvents himself as a presidential impersonator, but still struggles to make ends meet. 3/4 stars – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 1:30 pm)
- FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE A revealing portrait of Jane Campion as she writes and directs her latest project. ““Wonderful.” – Thirty Four Flavours (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3:00 pm)
- ART AND CRAFT A talented art forger is pitted against an obsessive museum curator who may be powerless to stop him. “One of the festival’s best…a must-see.” – Toronto Film Scene (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 4:00 pm)
- THE SHEIK The behind-the-scenes story of the villainous pro wrestler and pop culture icon. “Fascinating and wonderfully entertaining.” – Dork Shelf (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 6:30 pm)
- WATCHERS OF THE SKY An artistic and intellectually rigorous film on the history of genocide and those fighting for justice for its victims. 5/5 Ns “Bracing and heart-wrenching.” – NOW Magazine (Isabel Bader Theatre, 6:30 pm)
- ACTRESS The Wire’s Brandy Burre struggles to balance the demanding roles of mother, wife and performer. “Mesmerizing.” – Toronto Star (Hart House, 7:00 pm)
- THE GREAT INVISIBLE A sweeping investigative look at the causes and impacts of 2010’s disastrous Deep Horizon oil spill. 3.5/4 stars – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:00 pm)
- SILENCED Three of the world’s most important government whistleblowers speak on risking everything to reveal the truth. “A film that resonates.” – Toronto Star (The Regent, 9:30 pm)
- VIRUNGA Militias, poachers and rebels threaten the world’s last mountain gorilla population. “Amazing, heart-breaking and beautiful.” – The Matinee (Isabel Bader Theatre, 9:30 pm)
- DOC OF THE DEAD A love letter to zombies and their cultural impact, featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg and other experts. “This one delivers.” – Toronto Star (Royal Cinema, 9:45 pm)
See all Saturday screenings
Sunday, May 4
- CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART Delve into the media frenzy surrounding the murder trial that inspired To Die For. “Fascinating.” – Toronto Star (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 11:00 am)
- SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK An in-depth look at heartbreak and the power and resilience of love. “Hauntingly beautiful.” – The Matinee (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 1:30 pm)
- EVERYDAY REBELLION This slick tribute to disobedience reveals modern pacifism’s colourful new tactic: creative non-violent protest. 4/5 Ns – NOW Magazine (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 4:00 pm)
- GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE Follow the ultimate indie filmmaker who shoots his latest feature in two days using his trailer park as the set and his homeless friend as actors. “The fun is contagious.” – NOW Magazine (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6:00 pm)
- HOTLINE An intimate look at the connections between strangers who speak on all different types of phone lines. “Powerful.” – The Arts Guild (Isabel Bader Theatre, 6:30 pm)
- THE BACKWARD CLASS Students in India make history by becoming the first from their ‘untouchable’ caste to take high school graduation exams. “Inspiring.” – Dork Shelf (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 7:00 pm)
- THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT A look at how a ‘legitimate businessman’ became the world’s most notorious arms dealer. 3.5/4 stars “Engrossing.” – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 7:00 pm)
- THE IMMORTALISTS Two free-thinking biologists seek the cure to mortality and to reverse the aging process. “Must-see.” – Pretty Clever Films (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:30 pm)
- WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER The story behind the infamous Boston gangster and FBI informant. “A chilling, immediate true-crime story.” – NOW Magazine (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 9:30 pm)
See all Sunday screenings
Interactive Installation AVATAR SECRETS on During Hot Docs
Avatar Secrets is an interactive large-scale, touch-screen installation on display in the TIFF Bell Lightbox main lobby from April 25 to May 4. Avatar Secrets explores the complexities of human connection in the wired world through director Ramona Pringle’s personal journey across borders and bandwidths in search of love, meaning and community in the 21st century. As she ventures into massive online game worlds, she comes to the conclusion that we’re not addicted to technology, but to each other—to love, empathy, camaraderie and compassion.
Support provided by Bell Fund
Hot Docs in the Headlines April 29
The Globe and Mail - Interview with George Takei
The Hollywood Reporter - Provocateur Joe Berlinger Kicks Up Debate With Whitey Bulger Doc
Maclean’s - Feature on CHILDREN 404
CBC, Q - Interview with Caroll Spinney (I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY)
Toronto Star - Worth a Look at Hot Docs: Divide in Concord
Toronto Star - Worth a Look at Hot Docs: Actress
Toronto Star - Worth a Look at Hot Docs: The Overnighters
Toronto Star - Interview, The ladies of ADVANCED STYLE refuse to be invisible
National Post - Bahman Tavoosi looks at opression through an infamous shot in A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR AN EXECUTION
Broadcaster Magazine - Hot Docs Presents 2014 Don Haig Award
POV Magazine - All Together Now: A “fab four” of hot docs at this year’s festival (SELF(LESS) PORTRAIT, JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING, GUIDELINES and BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS)
POV Magazine - Diverse Women, Diverse Docs (COME WORRY WITH US!, THE SOWER, ABSENCES)
CP24 - Interview with Louis Ortiz and Ryan Murdock from BRONX OBAMA
Toronto Film Scene - Hot Docs 2014
Realscreen - Hot Docs ‘14: Hoffmann Meyer on distribution, ‘World Docs’
Realscreen - Hot Docs 2014: The Sheik doc THE SHEIK targets hybrid distribution
Examiner.com - Nine Films Worth Seeing on Canadian Film Day
Find the Fantastic in Mystery, Myth and Legend Program
This year’s Mystery, Myth and Legend program will showcase a selection of films that highlight the power of stories and storytelling around the world.
View the Mystery, Myth and Legend Program
Michael McNamara Named Recipient of 2014 Don Haig Award
Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Toronto-based producer Michael McNamara has been named this year’s recipient of the Don Haig Award. The Award 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. 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. McNamara is the producer of DAVID & ME (D: Ray Klonsky, Marc Lamy), which had its world premiere at Hot Docs on Sunday, April 27.
He will be presented with a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation, at the Hot Docs Awards on Friday, May 2.
Hot Docs in the Headlines April 25
- The Globe and Mail - The Secret Trial 5 explores story of five men held without trial in Canada
- The Globe and Mail - Partners in crime: James Bulger and the U.S. justice system
- The Globe and Mail - The rise, fall and recovery of Super Duper Alice Cooper (Interview with Alice Cooper)
- The Globe and Mail - Advanced Style: 10 looks at the stylings of fashionable older women
- Toronto Star - George Takei shows suprising sides of Sulu in Hot Docs film
- Toronto Star - Inside Big Bird, and the man who (still) plays him
- Toronto Star - Worth a look at Hot Docs: Captivated
POV Magazein - Hot Docs 2014
- Metro - Hot Docs Homegrown Highlights
- Playback - Hot Docs Festival Kicks Off
- National Post - Smell-o-vision: New documentary The Nose is a perfume picaresque
- CHCH - The Watchlist: Hot Docs 2014
- City - 5 must-see films at Toronto’s Hot Docs
- Toronto Sun - Interview with directors of SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER
Hot Docs in the Headlines April 24
- NOW Magazine - Hot Docs hub with reviews, daily coverage, schedules and more
- The Globe and Mail - What documentaries should you see at this year’s fest?
- The Globe and Mail - What to Expect at Hot Docs 2014
- National Post - From Ai to Swartz: Ten to see at this year’s Hot Docs festival
- National Post - Brian Knappenberger on capturing the life and death of Aaron Swartz in The Internet’s Own Boy
- Toronto Star - What’s on our list at this year’s Hot Docs film festival
- Toronto Star - John Kastner’s Out of Mind, Out of Sight at Hot Docs
- Toronto Star - Hot Docs Honours Documentarian Adam Curtis
- Toronto Star - Hot Docs: Alice Cooper remembers the infamous Toronto ‘chicken incident’
- Toronto Star - 10 films digging for justice
- Toronto Sun - 11 Buzzworthy Films Coming to Hot Docs
- Toronto Life - Five piping-hot docs to catch at Hot Docs 2014
- The Grid - 10 Movies You Need to See at Hot Docs 2014
- Realscreen - Hot Docs ‘14: Hendrie takes the Helm
- Dork Shelf - The Dork Shelf Guide to Hot Docs 2014
- BlogTO - 10 Films Getting the Biggest Advance Buzz
- BlogTO - The Top 5 films to See at Hot Docs 2014
- Buffalo News - Catch a hot documentary at Toronto’s annual ‘Hot Docs’ festival
- The Epoch Times - A Look at Some Homegrown Hot Docs Highlights
- Pretty Clever Films - Hot Docs Reviews
Hot Docs 2014 - Find Films
The 2014 Hot Docs Festival, April 24 to May 4, will feature 197 official selections from 43 countries.
Find films online, or download a printable version of this year’s screening schedule.
Hot Docs tickets, packages, passes, can be purchased online, by phone at 416.637.5150, or in person at the Hot Docs documentary Box Office, newly located at 2 Bloor Street West (Cumberland Terrace – Lower Level).
For more information on this year’s Festival, visit www.hotdocs.ca.
Hot Docs Welcomes Special Guests to 2014 Festival
Hot Docs is honoured to welcome a number of guest subjects, and a record 186 directors to the 2014 Festival, April 24 - May 4, to introduce their films and participate in post-screening audience Q&As. Find films >>
Featured guests are listed below. In most cases, the guests will be present at one or more screenings.
- Brandy Burre from ACTRESS (D: Robert Greene) – The Wire’s Brandy Burre returns to acting while balancing the demanding roles of mother, lover, wife and performer.
- Ari Seth Cohen and several of the fashionable ladies from ADVANCED STYLE (D: Lina Plioplyte) – Blogger Ari Seth Cohen photographs the most stylish and creative older women on the streets of New York City.
- Gruff Rhys from AMERICAN INTERIOR (D: Gruff Rhys, Dylan Goch) – Gruff Rhys is a Welsh musician who performs solo and with several bands, including Super Furry Animals.
- Louis Ortiz from BRONX OBAMA (D: Ryan Murdock) – Louis Ortiz is an American impersonator with an uncanny resemblance to Barack Obama.
- Ajit George and Vijay Veerappan from THE BACKWARD CLASS (D: Madeleine Grant) – Director of Operations Ajit George of the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, and Vijay Veerappan from the school’s inaugural graduating class.
- Gerrit Becker and Danilo Povolo from BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner) – Members of Cabaret Follies, a comic transvestite theatre company that tours Belgium.
- Paul Katami, Kris Perry, Sandy Stier and Jeff Zarrillo from THE CASE AGAINST 8 (D: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) – The brave plaintiffs who took part in the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
- Justin from CHILDREN 404 (D: Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov) – A courageous Russian LGBT teenager.
- Jill Appel, Janet Rothrock and Adriana Cohen from DIVIDE IN CONCORD (D: Kris Kaczor) – Three Concord residents involved in the town’s fight over bottled water.
- Anthony Lynch, Kasey White and Maria Rivera from THE HOMESTRETCH (D: Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly) – Two of the three teens featured in the film and selfless teacher Maria Rivera.
- James Randi from AN HONEST LIAR (D: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom) – The Amazing Randi, renowned magician and escape artist, is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal.
- Ms. Cleo from HOTLINE (D: Tony Shaff) – An American psychic who achieved fame as spokeswoman for the Psychic Readers Network.
- Caroll Spinney from I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY (D: Chad Walker, Dave LaMattina) – Master puppeteer who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life.
- Gabriella Coleman, Cory Doctorow and Lawrence Lessig from THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ (D: Brian Knappenberger) – Best-selling author Cory Doctorow, hacker-culture expert Gabriella Coleman and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig speak about the issues raised in the film.
- Kristin Beck from LADY VALOR: THE KRISTIN BECK STORY (D: Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona) – A former United States Navy SEAL who came out as a trans woman.
- Poe Ballantine from LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE (D: Dave Jannetta) – An American fiction and nonfiction writer.
- Cenk Uygur from MAD AS HELL (D: Andrew Napier) – A Turkish-American political commentator, Internet personality, and political activist.
- Giuseppe Marinoni from MARINONI (D: Tony Girardin) – A revered 75-year-old bicycle craftsman and competitive cyclist.
- Sylvia Earle from MISSION BLUE (D: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens) – Internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist.
- Allessandro Gualtieri from THE NOSE – SEARCHING FOR BLAMAGE (D: Paul Rigter) – A radical Italian perfumer who launched his own line in 2007.
- Jay Reinke from THE OVERNIGHTERS (D: Jesse Moss) – The pastor who started “The Overnighters” to help down-on-their-luck men working in Williston, ND.
- Matthew VanDyke from POINT AND SHOOT (D: Marshall Curry) – A freedom fighter, former POW, and documentary filmmaker.
- Razan Shalab-al-Sham and Mouaz Moustafa from RED LINES (D: Andrea Kalin, Oliver Lukacs) – The Syrian Emergency Task Force executive director Mouaz Moustafa and field director Razan Shalab-al-Sham.
- Sophie and Moe Harkat from THE SECRET TRIAL 5 (D: Amar Wala) – Security certificate detainee Moe Harkat and his wife Sophie.
- The Iron Sheik from THE SHEIK (D: Igal Hecht) – Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri is known as legendary wrestler and performer The Iron Sheik.
- Alice Cooper from SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER (D: Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn) – An American rock star whose career spans five decades.
- George Takei from TO BE TAKEI (D: Jennifer Kroot, Bill Weber) – Pop culture icon, actor, author and activist, best known as Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu.
Hot Docs Live! Welcomes Alice Cooper to Toronto and Screens Across Canada
Join Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the twisted and bizarre, after the Canadian premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper, as he and filmmakers Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn answer audience questions about this long-anticipated look at his life and celebrated career.
Hot Docs Live! is presented in partnership with eOne Films. Front Row Centre will simulcast this special event into 45 Cineplex theatres coast to coast. Learn more.
Date: April 28, 9:00 p.m.
Scotiabank Big Ideas Series to Feature Five Docs with Special Guests
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.
FRI, APR 25, 6:30 PM
Special Guest: Sylvia Earle
SAT, APR 26, 6:00 PM
TO BE TAKEI
Special Guest: George Takei
SUN, APR 27, 6:00 PM
I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
Special Guest: Caroll Spinney
TUE, APR 29, 6:30 PM
THE CASE AGAINST 8
Special Guests: Ted Olson, Paul Katami, Jeff Zarrillo, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier
WED, APR 30, 6:30 PM
THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ
Special Guests: Cory Doctorow, Gabriella Coleman and Lawrence Lessig
Big Ideas series sponsored by Scotiabank
Additional support by the Government of Ontario and Canada Arts Presentation Fund at Canadian Heritage
Made In Denmark at Hot Docs 2014
Each year the Made In program celebrates a country or region’s contribution to documentary, offering revealing glimpses into the social, political, economic and cultural issues facing those societies. This year the Made In Denmark program will highlight the high calibre of filmmaking in the Danish documentary community, which consistently pushes the boundaries of the art form.
The Made In Denmark program is supported by the Danish Film Institute.
Docs at Dusk: HARMONTOWN - NEW LOCATION!
Tonight’s FREE screening of HARMONTOWN has been moved indoors due to weather conditions, and will now take place at Victoria College (93 Charles Street West), on the University of Toronto campus. Free tickets can be picked up at the hospitality tent at 93 Charles Street West beginning at 7:00 p.m. Limit one ticket per person.
Love, Factually Program Gets to the Heart of the Matter
Films in the Love, Factually program will highlight the fight for marriage equality, the intimate world of love hotels in Japan, the resilience of love against all odds, a young autistic man’s search for physical love, and the Transylvanian village where single grannies outnumber elderly men.
DOCUMENTAL: MANIFESTO MEETS HOT DOCS Offers Special Discount on 10 Films
Hot Docs and Manifesto Community Projects are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership at this year’s Festival to showcase select films of interest to Manifesto’s diverse audiences. Ten official selections on a range of social and cultural issues will be promoted to Manifesto audiences as DOCUMENTAL: MANIFESTO MEETS HOT DOCS, with discounted admission offered for select screenings.
Manifesto will provide their community members with the discount code for this special offer.
Documental: Manifesto Meets Hot Docs films:
- THE BACKWARD CLASS - Monday, April 28, 9:30 p.m. (TIFF Bell Lightbox)
- THE BOY FROM GEITA - Friday, April 25, 8:00 p.m. (TIFF Bell Lightbox)
- CONCERNING VIOLENCE - Sunday, April 27, 4:00 p.m. (Isabel Bader Theatre)
- DAVID & ME - Sunday, April 27, 9:00 p.m. (Isabel Bader Theatre)
- THE ENGINEER - Thursday, May 1, 6:00 p.m. (Scotiabank Theater)
- THE HOMESTRETCH - Saturday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. (TIFF Bell Lightbox)
- NELSON MANDELA: THE MYTH & ME - Saturday, April 26, 9:30 p.m. (Hart House Theatre)
- SHIELD AND SPEAR - Friday, May 2, 9:30 p.m. (ROM Theatre)
- SLUMS: CITIES OF TOMORROW - Thursday, May 1, 9:30 p.m. (Scotiabank Theater)
- TOUGH LOVE - Saturday, April 26, 9:00 p.m. (Scotiabank Theater)
Hot Docs 2014 Opens This Week
Hot Docs opens this Thursday, presenting 197 films from 43 countries! Over 40 screenings have gone rush, and tickets and passes are selling fast! Don’t miss your chance to see these incredible docs.
Hot Docs tickets, packages and passes can be purchased online, by phone at 416.637.5150, or in person at the documentary Box Office located at 2 Bloor Street West, Cumberland Terrace – Lower Level.
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HOT DOCS OPENS THIS THURSDAY
The 2014 Hot Docs Festival opens Thursday, April 24, and it’s not too late to register! Registration is still available online, and on-site registration will open at noon on April 23.
With a strong slate of industry sessions and workshops, exclusive market and networking events, and over 200 decision makers in attendance, including representatives from ARTE/ZDF, CBC, Discovery Networks International, NHK, OWN: The Oprah Network, PBS, Shaw Media and more, Hot Docs 2014 is the place to be to get your projects financed, made and sold!
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Hot Docs Deal Maker Projects Announced
Hot Docs is pleased to announce the 50 projects that will be pitched at this year’s Hot Docs Deal Maker, a one-on-one pitch-meeting program for producers seeking financing from the international marketplace. Hot Docs Deal Maker will take place April 29 and 30, and May 1, during the Hot Docs Festival, April 24 to May 4.
In addition to Deal Maker, the afternoons of April 30 and May 1, will feature Close Up With… round tables, which provide opportunities to connect with broadcast financiers, funders and buyers.
View the 2014 selected projects.
Hot Docs Deal Maker is supported by Telefilm Canada and OMDC, and sponsored by Realscreen.
Register for the 2014 Industry Conference and Market
Online registration for the 2014 Hot Docs industry conference and market is now open! Choose from three great industry passes, each tailored to help you make the most of your Festival experience. Last minute pricing in effect. REGISTER TODAY
Workshop Sign-Up Deadline April 21
The following workshops will be offered as part of the 2014 Hot Docs Industry Conference:
ASTOUND Business Model Canvas: In continued partnership with the ASTOUND Initiative, Hot Docs and CFC Medal Lab facilitators will walk doc project teams through creating a business model canvas inspired by the Alexander Osterwalder method and his Business Model Generation.
Seeking Private Investment? A Workshop on the Essentials for Doc Filmmakers: This workshop, led by advisor Anne Marie Maduri of Maduri + Associates, provides a strategic approach to raising capital by accessing private investment.
Theatrical On Demand®: This workshop will help participants develop strategies for a theatrical-on-demand distribution plan and address best practices for activating communities and engaging audiences.
Advance sign-up is required for these workshops.
Registered delegates can sign up via the Online Community.
Sign-Up Deadline: April 21, 2014
Rent-an-Expert Sign-Up Now Open
Connect with industry experts and senior producers at our Rent-an-Expert sessions. These intimate and informal eight-person sessions will take place April 29 and 30, and May 1, during the 2014 Hot Docs Festival, April 24 - May 4.
Sign-Up Period: April 21-28, 2014
Gardiner Roberts LLP Welcomed as Official Law Firm of the Hot Docs Forum
Hot Docs is please to welcome Gardiner Roberts LLP as the Official Law Firm of the 2014 Hot Docs Forum.
Learn more about the Hot Docs Forum.
Kickstart your Doc Making Career at Hot Docs 2014
Kickstart is a half-day long series of dynamic sessions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc-makers.
Tickets to this event include access to all three Kickstart sessions:
My First Doc (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Building Identities for Films and Filmmakers (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Documentary Research and the Art of Truth (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
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. 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 and Montreal.
To submit your film, visit www.enroutefilm.com. Submissions deadline is May 31, 2014.
Hot Docs Honours Passing of Peter Liechti
Peter Liechti, celebrated Swiss director, cinematographer and author, passed away on Friday, April 4, at the age of 63. Mr. Liechti had a tremendous impact on the international documentary world, and leaves behind a comprehensive opus, including The Sounds of Insects: Record of a Mummy, which was an Official Selection at Hot Docs and won the European Film Award in 2009. As script consultant and producer, he helped many young filmmakers find their own cinematic voice. Friend and mentor to so many, Peter Liechti will be missed.
Spotlight on Canadian Co-Productions at Hot Docs 2014
Canadian co-productions are gaining ground with audiences at home and around the world, and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) is proud to have contributed more than $240-million to over 1000 documentary productions since 2010.
On April 28, join CMF at Hot Docs for the Canadian Co-Production Documentary Showcase and discover projects that enhance the viewer’s experience and provide a deeper understanding of the subject at hand. Find out how leading Canadian documentary projects have pushed the boundaries to engage with and reach new Canadian and international audiences through various platforms.
Date: April 28, 2:30 p.m.
Sign-up now via the Online Community.
CMF Funds at Rent-an-Expert
On May 1, join CMF’s Melissa Amer for Rent-an-Expert. Intimate and informal group discussions, Rent-an-Expert connects delegates with leading executives and specialists in film and television to learn from their expertise. Sign-up will be available beginning April 21, via the Online Community.
Date: May 1, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hot Docs Offers Discount to ICC Cultural Access Pass Holders
Hot Docs is extending a special invitation for Institute for Canadian Citizenship Cultural Access Pass (CAP) members to attend this year’s Festival. CAP members with a valid membership card can get up to two tickets per screening to select screenings (please note that tickets are subject to availability). With a selection of screenings to choose from, there is something everyone will love.
2014 Programmers’ Picks and Film Trailers on YouTube
Check out Hot Docs on YouTube, where you can view trailers for this year’s Festival and view exclusive Hot Docs content.
Stay tuned for new videos each week on the the Hot Docs YouTube channel.
2014 Micro-Meeting Schedule Now Available
Micro-meetings are intimate sessions that offer industry intelligence from broadcasters, funders and those on the cutting edge of technology. This year eleven micro-meetings will take place April 28 - 30.
Registered delegates can sign up via the Online Community.
Sign-Up Deadline: April 30, 2014
documentary Box Office Open For Ticket, Pass and Package Sales
Hot Docs 2014 tickets, passes and packages are now available!
Hot Docs 2014 Industry Schedule Now Available
Ready to start planning your Hot Docs 2014 industry experience? This year’s industry schedule is now available online.
Stay tuned for updates in the weeks leading up to the Festival.
Host Hotel Rooms Filling Fast—Book Now and Save!
Hot Docs delegates can take advantage of preferred rates for stays during the 2014 Festival. Book your stay at either our host hotel the Park Hyatt Toronto, located in the fashionable Yorkdale area just a stone’s throw away from the Hot Docs Festival hub, or with our accommodation partner the Courtyard Toronto Downtown by Marriott, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Learn more about Hot Docs accommodation and travel deals.
2014 Festival to Screen Live Doc THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
Academy award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and acclaimed New York musicians The Quavers take the stage for one night only to present The Measure of All Things, a special “live documentary.” Inspired by the most curious, wonderful and shocking stories from the Guinness World Records book, this show weaves together portraits, interviews and archival footage of the book’s most memorable characters (including the world’s tallest man, the person trapped for longest in an elevator and the person hit most by lightning) with Sam Green’s live narration and The Quavers’ stirring live soundtrack. Finding our common humanity through the funniest, most tragic and most lyrical stories, The Measure of All Things is a performance you’ll never forget.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.