A FRAGILE TRUST at January’s Doc Soup Toronto
Hot Docs is pleased to announce that January’s Doc Soup will present the Canadian premiere of A FRAGILE TRUST, the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed a scandal that rocked The New York Times and the world of journalism.
A FRAGILE TRUST will screen at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, and at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Director Samantha Grant will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.
January’s Doc Soup Calgary: THE SUMMIT
On January 8, Doc Soup Calgary will screen THE SUMMIT, a jaw-dropping account of the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history.
The film will screen on Wednesday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m. at The Globe Cinema, 617 8 Avenue Southwest. Learn more >>
CHASING ICE Wins Audience Award at Floating Polar Film Festival
CHASING ICE, directed by Jeff Orlowski, was voted the audience favourite at Quark Expedition’s first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival. The festival began November 2, aboard Quark’s Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage, and was curated by and in partnership with Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Submit a Film to Hot Docs 2014 Festival
Hot Docs is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Festival! Newly revised submission guidelines and FAQs are available online.
Deadline: December 13, 2013
Late Deadline: January 3, 2013
2014 Hot Docs Passes and Packages Now On Sale
Hot Docs 2014 ticket packages and passes are now available at special early-bird prices! With three ticket packages and four great pass options to choose from, you’ll have no trouble getting your fill of docs at the 2014 Festival. This year there are a limited number of passes available, so hurry and purchase your ticket package or pass today. Buy Now!
Hot Docs Honours Passing of Peter Wintonick
Canadian filmmaker Peter Wintonick passed away on Monday, November 18, at the age of 60. Mr. Wintonick was a pioneering voice and a beloved presence in the documentary film world, and contributed to over 100 films and transmedia projects during the span of his 35-year career.
“Peter was the best friend a documentary film festival could have—he poured his heart into supporting filmmakers and building camaraderie through the international doc community,” says Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “The entire Hot Docs family is deeply and personally saddened by this major loss, yet we know his great work and the many friendships and partnerships he helped to foster will endure.”
“This is so profoundly sad. Peter’s kind heart and enormous talent were the stuff of legend. He was a great friend and irrepressible mentor. We miss him already,” says Hot Docs president Chris McDonald.
A caring friend and an inspiring mentor, Peter will be truly missed.
Applications Open for New documentary Doc Accelerator Program
Hot Docs and documentary Channel are pleased to announce the documentary Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program, a new professional development initiative with an extensive curriculum of professional development activities and on-the-job skills training and mentorship.
Learn more and apply
2014 Hot Docs Forum Submissions Now Open
Submissions are now open for the 2014 Hot Docs Forum. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2014.
Learn more & submit a project
Mette Hoffmann Meyer to Receive 2014 Doc Mogul Award
Hot Docs will present Mette Hoffmann Meyer with the 2014 Doc Mogul Award, recognizing an individual who has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry. Commissioning editor of documentaries for DR TV, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Hoffmann Meyer will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in her honour to be held on Tuesday, April 29, during the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 24 to May 4, in Toronto.
Hot Docs’ Chris McDonald on IDFA International Jury
Hot Docs’ president Chris McDonald will be in attendance at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), November 20 to December 1, where he will have the honour of serving on the international jury.
Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook, industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw and programming manager Sarafina DiFelice will also be in attendance.
Hot Docs Delegate Discount for Planet In Focus Industry Day
Planet in Focus has extended special DOC Member pricing to all Hot Docs delegates attending the Planet In Focus Industry Day, Friday, November 22. To receive the discount rate of $50.00, select the DOC Member pass when registering and quote “Hot Docs” when picking up your pass.
The deadline to register is November 15, 2013.
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Bloor Named Toronto’s Best Independent Film Venue
We are thrilled to announce that the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema was voted Best Independent Film Venue in NOW Magazine’s annual Best Of Toronto readers’ poll. We would like to extend a very warm thank you to everyone who voted for us!
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA at December’s Doc Soup Toronto
Hot Docs is pleased present the Toronto premiere of GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA, a new documentary that explores the enduring global impact of one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time.
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA will screen at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, and at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Director Nicholas Wrathall will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.
December’s Doc Soup Calgary: BLOOD BROTHER
On December 4, Doc Soup Calgary will screen BLOOD BROTHER, a Sundance award-winning doc about true conviction and dedication that reaches beyond doing aid work for personal gratification.
The film will screen on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest. Learn more >>
TVO’s Doc Studio Screening Series Presents UNSUNG: BEHIND THE GLEE
Join TVO on Tuesday, November 26, for a special presentation of the documentary Unsung: Behind the Glee. The doc follows two high school show choirs as they battle time, nerves and each other in preparation for the Third Annual National Show Choir Championships.
The screening will be followed by a live performance. Get tickets!
Enjoy a Free Preview of CBC’s Digital Channel, documentary, November 1 - 29
From now until November 29, experience reality without boundaries with the documentary free preview. documentary is CBC’s 24/7 digital documentary channel showcasing the best documentary films and series from Canada and around the world. documentary brings real stories that challenge, entertain and inspire into the homes of Canadians all day, everyday. The channel features a range of titles including original productions, Academy Award® winning features and festival favourites. If you love docs, you need documentary.
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2014 Hot Docs Forum Submission Guidelines Now Online
The submission guidelines and FAQs are now available for the 2014 Hot Docs Forum. Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion. This year’s Forum takes place April 30 and May 1, during the Hot Docs Festival.
Submissions Open: November 14, 2013
Final Deadline: January 16, 2014
New Scholarship Program For Emerging Documentary Filmmakers
Hot Docs and documentary Channel are pleased to announce the documentary Doc Accelerator Scholarship Program, a new professional development initiative to foster the next generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers. The program will provide a select group of emerging Canadian filmmakers with an extensive curriculum of professional development activities leading up to and during the Hot Docs Festival, followed by intensive on-the-job skills training and mentorship.
Hot Docs Economic Impact Reported at $29.9-Million
Hot Docs’ first-ever economic impact study has revealed a total impact of $29.9-million on Ontario’s GDP, reflecting the event’s tremendous value to both Toronto and the province. The study, which was conducted around Hot Docs’ 2013 festival, conference and market and associated year-round operation, reported $5.1-million in attendee expenditure at the Festival, and $6.7-million in industry delegate expenditure. A remarkable $16.0-million in Canadian business deals attributable to Hot Docs’ slate of industry market programs and activities was also reported. These expenditures, combined with Hot Docs’ operating budget, translates to a positive estimated impact of $29.9-million on the total GDP of Ontario, 413 jobs and $13-million in tax revenue.
“We’re heartened to see such robust results in Hot Docs’ first-ever economic impact study,” said Brett Hendrie, executive director of Hot Docs. “Toronto has become a premier destination for filmmakers and film fans, and we’re thrilled to not only support Canada’s documentary industry in such a big way, but to also contribute to the cultural, tourism and economic vitality of the city and province.”
The study also found that 66 per cent of industry delegate respondents were visitors to Toronto, with a majority of these, 22 per cent, coming from an international location, and 17 per cent coming from the USA. Additionally, 17 per cent of festival attendee respondents were visitors to Toronto, with a majority of these, 13 per cent, coming from other areas of Ontario.
The 2013 edition of Hot Docs marked the Festival’s 20th anniversary. From April 25 to May 5, 418 screenings of 204 documentaries representing 43 countries of production took place on 15 screens throughout Toronto. Hot Docs’ industry conference and market welcomed 2514 registered delegates, including 386 documentary buyers, who participated in full slate of professional development session and market initiatives, including the Hot Docs Forum and the Hot Docs Dealmaker. The total estimated audience of Hot Docs 2013 was 180,000.
Hot Docs is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.
About the Study
The economic impact study was conducted by Co-op Interface and included: 864 intercept questionnaires of screening attendees, and 572 electronic questionnaires received back from industry delegates. Expenditures were compiled and inputted into Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) to determine the total economic impact of the Festival on the economies of Toronto, the GTA and Ontario.
Hot Docs Hits DMZ Docs, Jihlava, DOK Leipzig, FICM and Italian Doc Screenings
Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook will be in attendance at DMZ Docs from October 17 to 23, the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival from October 24 to 29, and DOK Leipzig from October 28 to November 3. Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie will be in attendance at the Italian Doc Screenings - IX Edition from October 23 to 26. Hot Docs international programmer Heather Haynes will be in attendance at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia (FICM) from October 21 to 27.
Thanks to Winnipeg for a Great Best of Hot Docs Weekend
With five incredible screenings and some fascinating Q&As, the Best of Hot Docs weekend in Winnipeg was a success! Thank you to our partners National Screen Institute, On Screen Manitoba and DOC Winnipeg, our presenting partner City, sponsor Rogers Group of Funds, media sponsor the Winnipeg Free Press and everyone who came out to support the event. We hope to see you again in 2014.
Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund recipient LIVING DOLLS will have its world broadcast premiere at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, on Global. LIVING DOLLS (D: Maureen Judge) is the story of quirky and colourful individuals whose normal lives are shaped by their obsession with dolls.
Hot Docs Honours the Passing of Michel Brault and Arthur Lamothe
Acclaimed Quebec filmmaker Michel Brault passed away on Saturday, September 21, at the age of 85. Mr. Brault was known for his cinéma-vérité style of realistic filmmaking, contributed to over 200 films, and was one of the most accomplished, influential and revered filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema. In 2012, Brault received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Hot Docs for his enormous contributions to cinema, and his collaborative spirit, sense of wonder and integrity that has influenced generations of filmmakers.
Celebrated Quebec filmmaker Arthur Lamothe passed away on Wednesday, September 18, at the age of 84. A pioneer of direct cinema, Mr. Lamothe is well known for his documentary work, in particular his first film, Bûcherons de la Manouane (1962), considered a classic of Québécois cinema. Always committed to cinema as a tool for social commentary and activism, in particular his passionate support of Aboriginal issues, Lamothe’s films have inspired generations of socially engaged documentary filmmakers in Quebec.
Friends and mentors to so many, both Michel Brault and Arthur Lamothe will be truly missed.
Panel Session: Explore Opportunities When Brand Meets Content
Date: October 9, at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
Why do some narratives work with some brands and others don’t? Discover possibilities in form and opportunity existing in the branded content and brand supported content space. Join a panel of documentary filmmakers and creative thinkers from BBDO to discuss their insights into storytelling and how the ‘brand’ fits into branded content.
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Space is limited. Please RSVP to attend this event by e-mailing email@example.com by Friday October 4, 2013.
Mark Greenspan, Executive Director of nextMedia
Mark Greenspan is a connector, a business developer and an educator. He began his career during the dot com boom where he worked with acclaimed Internet consultancy firm Razorfish to sell and deliver digital solutions to Fortune 500 clients. Since then he has helped thousands of companies and individuals create business opportunities by leveraging the changes caused by the digital revolution.
Co-Founder of Performance Content Group
Documentary Film Producer
Michael’s company is working on a platform for performance content focusing on Content Science. His work helps brands and creators to track social media/commentary around subject matter and brand as well as offering insights to build content around that tracking. Michael’s industry leadership has earned him both local and global notoriety, being named as one of the world’s Top 35 under 35 in the Hollywood Reporter’s Global Edition. Michael continues his journey as an affluent media visionary and die-hard entrepreneur.
Buck Productions is a multi-disciplinary, content production company based in Toronto. After more than 15 years of hard work, Buck is now known as a leader and a rare diverse production house with success in feature films, television, documentaries, commercials, and branded content. Honoured as one of the most influential, inspirational, and world leading production companies in the Realscreen “Global Top 100″.
Senior Art Director at BBDO
Derek Blais has nine years of international, award-winning advertising experience with a focus on digital, social and branded content. From globally integrated campaigns to interactive music videos, Derek is more concerned with the message than the medium. He has created successful campaigns for clients like McDonald’s, Heineken, Virgin and PepsiCo and firmly believes creativity can solve business problems. His work has been recognized by every major international advertising award show.
Account Planner at BBDO
Matt is a strategic account planner with experience working on some of the largest brands in Canada, including: Doritos, Lay’s, Pepsi, Quaker and Sears. Matt loves applying the power of communications to tackle business problems. He believes that the current environment offers unprecedented opportunities for brands and consumers alike. A native Englishman, he’s survived 8 winters, a marathon and even sat through the odd game of Baseball.
Hot Docs Hits Camden, New Orleans and Antenna
Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook will be in attendance at Camden International Film Festival, September 27 to 29, and will be sitting on the jury for the New Orleans Film Society Festival, September 30 to October 4. Programming manager Sarafina DiFelice will be in attendance as a judge for the Australian Competition at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, October 2 to 7.
Exclusive Offer For Floating Polar Film Festival Antarctica Voyage
Can’t wait until April for your documentary film fest fix? Travel with Quark Expeditions in November and be a part of the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival.
The festival, curated by Hot Docs, will appeal to everyone’s sense of adventure and curiosity about the world, covering a range of topics from climate change and a solo sailing voyage around the world, to a teenager’s ingenuity and one man’s humanity during war.
Quark is offering the Hot Docs audience an exclusive 40 per cent discount off the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage that departs November 2, 2013.
This once-in-a-lifetime expedition will take you to the remote Falkland Islands and South Georgia, the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’, before you travel further south to the Antarctic Peninsula. Throughout your voyage, you’ll meet up to seven species of penguins, including the incredible King penguin, the funny Macaroni penguin and the always inquisitive Gentoo penguin. You’ll encounter majestic whales as they escort you along your journey south and through icebergs and glaciers more beautiful than you can imagine.
To book your voyage, please contact one of Quark’s Polar Travel Advisers at 1-888-892-0073 or visit QuarkExpeditions.com. Please use promo code MK75 when you book.
Offer only valid on November 2, 2013 voyage aboard Sea Spirit. Excludes triple cabins. Cannot be combined with any other offer (except past passenger discount). Discount is for the voyage only and not applicable on adventure options, additional hotel accommodations or extensions purchased. Cabins are limited. Offer expires October 31, 2013.
TVO’s The Water Brothers Season 2 Launches September 10
Join real-life brothers Alex and Tyler Mifflin for a second season of globetrotting eco-adventures as they explore the most important water issues of our time. The Water Brothers airs on TVO Tuesdays beginning September 10 and online at waterbrothers.ca following the broadcast
Quench, the free companion app to the series, connects users to water refill locations or fountains in the GTA. For more information: waterbrothers.ca