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documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Alums on Being an Emerging Filmmaker in Canada

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Hot Docs Jots presents Emerging Voices, where our documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Program Alums from the last edition of Hot Docs contribute on issues salient to them regarding their filmmaking practice and the business of the industry as


The Art of the Business - The Role of a Visual Researcher with Elizabeth Klinck

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In our new series The Art of the Business, Hot Docs speaks to prolific visual researcher Elizabeth Klinck. Elizabeth has over 36 years of experience and has worked on over 200 projects as a visual and editorial researcher, a visual archive and


Industry Programs Manager Stephanie McArthur Attends CNEX Chinese Doc Forum

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This September, Hot Docs Industry Programs Manager Stephanie McArthur attended the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) in Taipei, Taiwan.

A Perfect Storm

Outside a Category 5 typhoon was raging, but inside a


Min Sook Lee and Lisa Valencia-Svensson on the Exploitation of Foreign Workers and the Need for Diverse Perspectives in Doc Filmmaking

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Producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson and Director Min Sook Lee talk about the exploitation of temporary foreign workers in Canada in their new film Migrant Dreams, sharing their perspectives on the affect that lack of diversity in documentary


​Funding Media for Social Change - Hot Docs Conference Series

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Today, social-issue storytellers are sharpening their craft, funders with finite resources are focusing on reach, and strategic innovators are creating more robust impact evaluation tools. Bringing together mission-aligned filmmakers, financiers and


The Kickstart Sessions for Emerging Filmmakers - The Hot Docs Conference Series

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The Bell Media Kickstart sessions are a half-day long series of dynamic discussions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc makers.

My First Doc

So, you made your first documentary. Now what?


VR on Trial - The Hot Docs Conference Series

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The first in a series highlighting our Industry Conference at Hot Docs this year from May 2 - May 6, 2016. 

Virtual reality has been heralded as a game and consciousness-changing medium. But what are the tangible impacts within documentary? How


Thank You Hot Docs 2016

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It is with a pang of sadness that we say farewell for another year to all the delegates who joined us at Hot Docs 2016. It all went by too fast. Thank you for making this edition of Hot Docs our best


Storytelling and Cinematography

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Iris Ng has developed a reputation as one of the most versatile cinematographers within documentary. For over a decade, Iris has collaborated with award-winning directors Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, Angad Bhalla, Liz Marshall,


Spotlight on the 2016 Industry Conference

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This year the Hot Docs Industry Conference will focus on diversity when it comes to race and gender behind the camera, building career paths, accessing alternative funding and distribution models, and the ways we envision the future


The Co-Production Dilemma: Co-Production From a Canadian Point of View

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This monthly series illuminates some of the mysteries associated with co-production. This is not a step-by step guide, as each co-production relationship is unique and dependent on numerous variables. Though there are often financial


Canadian Broadcast Platforms 2016: Bell Media and HBO

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Hot Docs Jots’ New Canadian Platforms monthly series highlights new opportunities for Canadian filmmakers in the Canadian broadcast landscape. This month we welcome Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production at Bell Media to


The Co-Production Dilemma: Producer’s Tips and Tricks

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This monthly series illuminates some of the mysteries associated with co-production. This is not a step-by step guide, as each co-production relationship is unique and dependent on numerous variables. Though there are often financial


New Canadian Platforms 2016: CBC Docs Shorts

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This week #hotdocsjots speaks to Lesley Birchard - Executive in Charge of Production with CBC Unscripted, where she develops and oversees production on a number of television and digital specials and series. Lesley is currently overseeing a


The Co-Production Dilemma: Getting Your Head in the Game

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This monthly series will illuminate some of the mysteries associated with co-production. This is not a step-by step guide, as each co-production relationship is unique and dependent on numerous variables. Though there are often


New Canadian Platforms 2016: VICELAND

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In the coming weeks VICE is set to launch VICELAND, a 24-hour Canadian channel and $100-million joint venture between Rogers and VICE Media. VICE is also currently in the process of launching a state-of-the-art multimedia production studio


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