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Hot Docs Forum

North America’s most effective international documentary market, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing.

Applications for the 2022 program will open October 2021.

Projects selected for Hot Docs Forum will also participate in Hot Docs Deal Maker.

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How to Submit

Any filmmaker with a feature, broadcast-length, series and cross-platform project can apply.

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How It Works

Seven-minute pitch…eight-minute feedback…endless potential.

Selected documentary producers pitch their projects to a room of key international decision makers and accredited observers.

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Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prizes

Each year, the winners of the Canadian Forum Pitch Prize and first look Pitch Prize are selected at the Forum.


Founding Partner

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The Hot Docs Forum wishes to thank founding partner Telefilm Canada.

The Hot Docs Forum receives additional support from A&E, Al Jazeera, Banff World Media Festival, Blue Ice Pictures, C21 Media, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada Media Fund, CMPA, Creative BC, Department of Canadian Heritage, Gardiner Roberts LLP, National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Playback, Realscreen, SODEC, City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council and TVO.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

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Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

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Presenting Partners

  • logo Crave
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate Ontario
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