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Docs For Schools

Docs For Schools offers FREE programming for teachers and their students each year.

The films will engage students with issues of our day, offering vital ideas, critical questions and new perspectives outside the mainstream media and school textbook. Teacher-prepared education packages with valuable background information, creative lesson plans, and links to the Ontario school curriculum are provided for each Docs For Schools film.


Five films and seven screenings will be offered at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema during the 2013-14 school year. Some films involve partnerships, like AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, which is being shown in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Ai Weiwei exhibition. The screening of WATERMARK will include a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, and additional events are being planned for other screenings.


During the Hot Docs Festival, Docs for Schools Festival offers both in-school and in-theatre screenings. The free program is available for teachers in grades 7-12 in Ontario. A grade and subject reference grid is posted once all films are selected.

  • IN-SCHOOL: An opportunity for teachers to work with their students to generate their own in-school festival by selecting one or multiple films from the many Docs For Schools titles available, and screening them for your class or school. DVDs are couriered to you in advance to preview, prior to screening for your students during the Hot Docs Festival dates (April 24 – May 4).

  • IN-THEATRE: For teachers in the Toronto area, free screenings of Hot Docs Festival films are offered at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema during the Festival (April 28 – May 2). And whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance for a Q & A with the students.

Festival dates: April 24 – May 4, 2014
Announcements regarding the Docs For Schools Festival program will begin in January 2014.

Education Dates

  • April 23 - May 3, 2015
    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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