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2015 Hot Docs Short Film Pitch Participants

On April 29, 2015, the following filmmaking teams participated in the first-ever Hot Docs Short Pitch event.

$75,000 was awarded at the event—first place received $30,000, second place received $25,000 and third place received $20,000. Prize money courtesy of BravoFACT.


CREE CODE TALKER - First Place
Pitched by Alexandra Lazarowich and Cowboy Smithx (Edmonton, AB)
Cree Code Talker explores the role of WWII code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins, who used the Cree language to assist allied forces in winning the Second World War.

SINKHOLE - Second Place
Pitched by Nicolina Lanni and John Choi (Toronto, ON)
Sinkhole parallels the lighthearted stories of sinkhole survivors with the harrowing reality of the war for water that is in our near future.

HEART OF DARKNESS - Third Place
Pitched by Frederick Kroetsch and Kurt Spenrath (Edmonton, AB)
A pair of young producers had reality TV gold—an eccentric pro wrestler living in a mansion with 42 Persian show cats, a swinger wife, and a hot girlfriend. Unfortunately it descended into a mess of drugs, porn, Ponzi schemes, and police investigations…while the cameras kept rolling.

IN THE BLACK
Pitched by Nina Aning and Sonia Godding Togobo (Scarborough, ON)
In the Black follows a team of bold and fearless female media professionals on a valiant cross-media pursuit to distinguish ‘Black Canada’ as unique in the contemporary world.

REMEMBERING WATER
Pitched by Sarah Anderson (Kitchener, ON)
In this animated short, Canadians who grew up in China, Ghana, Lebanon, Syria and Ontario share their memories of water and bring us the rains, fountains, and rivers that have shaped who they are.

Host
AJ Schnack, Filmmaker and Writer

Jury

  • Fredric Bohot, Executive Producer
  • Bob Culbert, Owner, Culbert Productions and Consulting
  • Angie Driscoll, International Programmer and Senior Shorts Programmer, Hot Docs


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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

Presenting Partners

  • Logo Crave 2019
  • logo Netflix
  • logo Rogers

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm

Official Airline Partner

  • logo Delta Web