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Hot Docs Forum Format

Selected documentary producers publicly pitch their projects to over 200 key international broadcasters and financiers from around the world, and to a gallery of accredited delegates.


Each selected project is assigned a 15-minute presentation slot. Each pitch team has seven minutes to present and receives eight minutes of moderated discussion and response from one of two moderators who are tasked with garnering interest for the project and bringing valuable feedback to the production team.

Pitch teams must include a two to three-minute video clip (trailer, teaser, and/or visual representation of the film) as part of their presentation.

Projects are selected by the Hot Docs Forum Selection Committee, which is comprised of three members of the documentary community and may include broadcasters, sales agents, distributors, and/or financiers, as well as one Hot Docs Industry representative.


Pitch Team Members: Approximately 20 teams will be chosen to pitch. Prior to the event, they will receive pitch training, consultancy and support from the Forum team and expert partners.

Trigger Financier: Projects in the Regular Category i.e. projects NOT pitching in the Rough Cut Category must have a “Trigger Financier,” a broadcaster, distributor, foundation, fund or other legitimate documentary market partner who illustrates a confirmed interest in the project and has contributed financially to the budget.

Decision Makers: Decision makers can be, but are not limited to, broadcaster commissioning and acquisitions executives, distributors, sales agents, film festival programmers, foundations, associations, funds, charities, agencies, brands, platforms, interactive executives and other production partners.

Registered Delegates: All-Access pass holders can observe as the pitch teams present their projects live to the decision makers.


One presentation slot will be held for one presentation. Registered delegates observing the Forum are welcome to put their business card in the hat. One card will be selected by the moderators, and the selected delegate will have the opportunity to pitch at the Forum table.


Projects are selected by the Hot Docs Forum Selection Committee, which is comprised of three to four broadcasters or distributors.


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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