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The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide

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The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide is a valuable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners and commissioners. Based on the Hot Docs Guide to Attending Buyers, the information in the The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2013 is supported by extensive interviews with key Forum decision makers.

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The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide answers these questions:

  • Which channels worldwide buy documentaries?
  • How many do they buy?
  • What are their dedicated slots?
  • What are they looking for?
  • What are their filters?
  • Are the buyers open to international partnerships?
  • Who are the key contacts?
  • How can you reach them?

Also, whenever we have the data:

  • What do the channels and strands like the BBC’s Storyville pay?
  • For acquisitions?
  • For co-productions?

The Buyers’ Guide is an invaluable resource for producers who are working on strategies for pitching their ideas to channels or selling completed programs.


106 pages

17 countries

  • Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States

Over 35 broadcasters

  • SBS Australia, Astral Media, Blue Ant Media, CBC, CBC News Network, Corus Entertainment, Discovery Channel Canada, iChannel, Knowledge Canada, Shaw Media, SRC-Canada, Super Channel, TVO, Hunan TV Station, RTVC, DR Denmark, YLE Finland, ARTE France, Planete+, ProSieben Sat.1, S.H. Channel 8, yesDocu, RAI Italy, NHK Japan, EBS Korea, AVRO Netherlands, SVT & SVT2 Sweden, BBC, Al Jazeera English, POV, CNN, Discovery International, HBO Documentary Films, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel and more


  • Executive Personnel
  • Channel Profiles
  • Documentary Profiles
  • Recent acquisitions and green lights
  • Analysis of how and what broadcasters are looking to acquire
  • Current strands
  • Final takeaways so that you can make informed, research-backed decisions


Important Festival Dates

  • April 24 - May 4, 2014
    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
POV Magazine
Documentary Organization of Canada

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