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Hot Docs Hangouts

Providing delegates with a chance to continue the discussion, make connections and unwind.

Each Hangout will be a dynamic space to share ideas and make connections. Some Hot Docs Hangouts will be social in spirit and others with deeper content focus on our industry.

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Hot Docs 2020 Hangouts


Monday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. ET
Publicity for Your Digital Premiere with Ingrid Hamilton
Join GAT PR president, and Hot Docs publicity veteran Ingrid Hamilton to discuss strategies for drawing audiences to your digital film premieres. Ingrid will talk about how she is approaching publicity for the eight Hot Docs 2020 official selections she is repping this year.

Monday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Matthew Mills & Daniel Chalfen
Big breaks, first jobs, best and worst advice, tips and tricks, and more!


Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Gabor Pertic
Meet new folks in a Zoom mixer hosted by Hot Docs international programmer Gabor Pertic. Coffee (or cocktails depending on your time zone), pets, and kids are welcome!

Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. ET
Watercooler Gossip & What’s Going on in Europe with Brigid O’Shea
Round the room of water cooler gossip and a discussion of what’s happening in Europe.


Tuesday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. ET
Can I Podcast at Home? with Yasmine Mathurin
Doc filmmaker and former CBC Podcast producer Yasmine Mathurin highlights the skills inherent to documentary filmmaking and how they can be applied in the creation of a podcast.


Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Margje De Koning
Up your craft and storytelling skills during self-isolation and get others to share their tips as well. Guest-hosted by artistic director of Movies that Matter and longtime Hot Docs Forum favourite Margje De Koning.

Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Heidi Fleisher
Meet new folks in a Zoom mixer hosted by a dear Hot Docs friend. Coffee (or cocktails depending on your time zone), pets, and kids are welcome! Guest-hosted by documentary film producer and consultant Heidi Fleisher.


Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. ET
52 Questions with Bob Moore
Bob Moore is a creative producer at EyeSteelFilm in Montreal, where he has produced over 25 feature documentaries, including Hot Docs 2020 opening night selection Softie. Along with his talented partners and collaborators, he has been the recipient of over 100 international awards. We sit down with this year’s Don Haig Award recipient to pick his brain over the course of 52 questions.

Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. ET
In Conversation with Stanley Nelson
As an audience, we’ve admired his unprecedented contribution to documentary, with his powerful films that provide incisive commentary on the African American experience. As an industry, we’re in awe of his generosity of spirit and Firelight’s 20 years of influence on the careers of diverse filmmakers. Hot Docs 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Stanley Nelson sits down to discuss both his creative and professional accomplishments.


Thursday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. ET
Rough Cut Services at Home
For those of you who believe that you have a great film on your hands, but are not happy with the rough cut. Iikka Vehkalahti brings his Finnish charm to this hangout spotlighting new online initiatives for those editing from home.

Thursday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Aisha Jamal
Meet new folks in a Zoom mixer hosted by Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs Canadian programmer. Coffee (or cocktails depending on your time zone), pets, and kids are welcome!


Thursday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. ET
Brown Girls Doc Mafia Hangout
The Brown Girls Doc Mafia has taken the industry by storm, shifting the narrative of documentary storytelling. Meet some of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia membership who are currently in production and participate in our hangout on how COVID-19 is affecting works in progress for emerging filmmakers of colour. Moderated by Cassandra Jabola.

Thursday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Yiqian Zhang
Up your craft and storytelling skills during self-isolation and get others to share their tips as well. Guest-hosted by Yiqian Zhang, co-producer of American Factory.


Friday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. ET
52 Questions with Raymonde Provencher
Focus On honoree Raymonde Provencher is a 30-year industry veteran and award-winning news journalist who has covered conflict zones around the world and directed powerful documentaries on social justice and women’s rights. These are the 52 questions we just had to ask.

Friday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. ET
Hot Docs Friends Reconnect with Gabor Pertic
Meet new folks in a Zoom mixer hosted by Hot Docs international programmer Gabor Pertic. Coffee (or cocktails depending on your time zone), pets, and kids are welcome!

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