Deal Maker 2017 Bnr By Joseph Howarth

Hot Docs Deal Maker Submissions

One-on-one pitch meetings for projects in development and production that are seeking financing from the international marketplace.

Applications open: October 26, 2021
Applications close: January 3, 2022

Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are the same application process. When applying, you can choose to apply for both or for Deal Maker only.

Questions? Please contact industry programmer Madelaine Russo.


SUBMISSION FEE
$45.00 CAD must be submitted along with the Project Entry Form. All major credit cards are accepted.

You will receive a confirmation from our offices within three weeks of your submission.

Please note: Applications for Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are only accepted online. Please do not send anything by post or email to the Hot Docs office.


NOTIFICATION & REGISTRATION

Projects that apply for both Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker will be notified of their application status in early March 2022.

To participate in Deal Maker, each pitch team member will require thier own Hot Docs industry pass.

All chosen projects must accept the invitation to participate within the timeframe allotted and pay the registration fee.


FORMAT

Selected projects will participate in a series of pitch meetings with the decision makers with whom they have matched.

Projects will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Exceptionally compelling, exclusive and illuminating material
  • Brilliant storytelling
  • Creative and exemplary craft
  • Commercial and international appeal
  • Suitability for decision makers’ mandates and key requirements, and relevance to broadcast channels and slots

Selected participants will request meetings with participating decision makers. Decision makers will then review requests and accept those projects that are appropriate for their mandates. The Hot Docs industry team will also provide some curated matchmaking.

All selected projects will be listed on the Hot Docs website and announced in a press release. Project info will also be published in a downloadable PDF available to All-Access Pass holders.


ELIGIBILITY

Projects can be:

  • In development or production
  • Any genre of documentary or factual (we especially encourage high art and culture, smart science, smart history)
  • From any country or territory

You may submit up to TWO projects per production company for consideration. An application must be submitted for each project. We accept:

  • Feature-length docs
  • Television docs
  • Limited or long-form series
  • Series

REQUIRED INFORMATION

Applicant Information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Short bio and previous credits

Project Information:

  • Primary contact information
  • Title, genre, duration, language, format, date of principle photography, projected date of release, production country
  • Type of support sought (commission, acquisition, pre-buy, co-production, and/or distribution)
  • Stage of production
  • Short synopsis (approximately 350 words)
  • One-page treatment (approximately 850 words)
  • Short status report (approximately 500 words)
  • Committed market partner information (if applicable)
  • Confirmed financial sources (if applicable)
  • Top-line budget
  • Financing scenario
  • Key creative and production personnel biographies and filmographies
  • Trailer, teaser, or clips sent via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving), no more than 10 minutes total runtime. Trailers/clips can be password protected, but must remain active until teams are notified of the application results.

If you are also applying to Hot Docs Forum, you will also need to provide:

  • Other forums and buyers pitched (if applicable)
  • Co-production partner information (if applicable)
  • Short description of the outreach and engagement strategy (approximately 300 words)
  • Short description of the distribution strategy (approximately 300 words)
  • Description of the digital media component/cross platform strategy (approximately 300 words) images, sketches or screen grabs may be submitted to support this description

HISTORY

In 2021, 36 projects representing 19 countries and territories were pitched in 800+ Deal Maker meetings to 90 decision makers.

Last year’s Deal Maker selection included 20 BIPOC directors, 23 projects directed or co-directed by women, and seven projects directed by first-time filmmakers. Since its inception in 2013, the number of participating decision makers has more than doubled. In total, 433 projects and 516 filmmakers have pitched in 4,000 Deal Maker meetings, with millions of dollars raised.

Notable projects that have pitched at Hot Docs Deal Maker in previous years include the 2020 Hot Docs Festival opening night film Softie; 2020’s Downstream to Kinshasa; 2019’s Smog Town; 2019’s The Forum; 2018’s Love, Gilda; and 2017’s My Enemy, My Brother, directed by Ann Shin, whose film A.rtificial I.mmortality opened our 2021 Festival.


SUBMISSION PROCESS

Applications open: October 26, 2021
Applications close: January 3, 2022

Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are the same application process. When applying, you can choose to apply for both or for Deal Maker only.

Projects that apply for Hot Docs Forum and/or Deal Maker will be notified of their application status in early March 2022.


What is the difference between Hot Docs Deal Maker and Hot Docs Forum?

Hot Docs Deal Maker is a one-on-one pitch meeting program for film teams seeking financing from the international marketplace. Deal Maker participants meet with broadcasters and online platforms (commissioning editors and acquisitions executives) as well as film funds and foundations. Projects only enrolled in Deal Maker do not participate in a live roundtable pitch.

Taking place over two days, the selected international projects in the Hot Docs Forum are pitched to a roundtable of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives, sales agents, distributors, and delegates from around the globe. All selected Forum projects are automatically enrolled in Deal Maker, meaning they guaranteed meetings with attending decision makers.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Project updates can be made after a project is selected for Deal Maker, and before it is reviewed by buyers. Hot Docs accepts no liability for project inaccuracies in the Deal Maker Project Catalogue (PDF) or other published material.

The scheduling of meetings is at the discretion of the Hot Docs Industry Programs Department.

If your application is successful, you agree to participate in the Hot Docs Festival for the duration of Hot Docs Deal Maker. Failure to do so may result in your project being withdrawn from the market.

Deal Maker projects are chosen by a selection committee. The decision of the Selection Committee is final. In the event that a Selection Committee member is attached to a submitted project, they will recuse themselves from deliberations for that project.

Due to the volume of applications we receive and review, feedback is not guaranteed for unsuccessful applicants.

Hot Docs Industry Programs Department will not take rights or liabilities of selected projects.

Hot Docs Industry Programs Department reserves the right to change these guidelines or processes at any time and without notification.

Projects participating in Hot Docs Deal Maker are required to acknowledge the program’s support through the placement of Hot Docs’ logo in the project’s final credits.

Application to, and participation in, Hot Docs Deal Maker implies unconditional acceptance of these guidelines.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • Logo Cbc Gem

Presenting Partners

  • logo Crave
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate Ontario
  • logo telefilm