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Welcome to the 2022 Hot Docs Forum & Deal Maker


This year marks the 23rd edition of the Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ flagship industry event, and the 10th edition of Hot Docs Deal Maker. And either could be a launching pad for your documentary. We strive to unite our documentary community—the

Interview with FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK director Bobbi Jo Hart


Fanny was the first all-female band to release an album with a major record label and, according to David Bowie, was one of the most underrated bands of all time. I spoke with director/producer Bobbi Jo Hart about her high-decibel, time traveling,

Interview with MAGALUF GHOST TOWN director Miguel Ángel Blanca


Miguel Ángel Blanca’s Magaluf Ghost Town is about a small town on the island of Mallorca that is almost solely sustained by low-cost tourism. Walking a fine line between the playful and the morbid, it is an atmospheric look at the lives of locals

Interview with ZUHUR'S DAUGHTERS director Laurentia Genske


Zuhur’s Daughters is an observational film about two Syrian sisters living in Germany. Both are teens coming into their trans identities while living in the familial home. Watch it at Hot Docs Festival, streaming across Canada from April 29 to May

Interview with FRUITS OF LABOR director Emily Cohen Ibañez


Fruits of Labor follows Ashley, a high school student in an agricultural town on the central coast of California, who faces the burden of being the family breadwinner, as well as the threat of separation from her undocumented mother as ICE raids

2021 Industry Conference Overview with Lisa Valencia-Svensson


The 2021 Hot Docs industry conference is about reimaging the role of documentary storytelling in a world that has, in the past year, faced multiple crises on many levels. The conference asks us all to consider what it will take to build a more

Interview with KÍMMAPIIYIPITSSINI: THE MEANING OF EMPATHY director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is an ambitious documentary from fiction and documentary director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. The film explores how Canada’s historic and current colonial project has led to a substance abuse crisis that

Interview with DROPSTONES director Caitlin Durlak


Dropstones, the directorial debut feature from Toronto filmmaker Caitlin Durlak, is a meditative, observational film about a single mom named Sonya and her two young boys who live on Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland. Watch it at Hot Docs

Interview with A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY director Ann Shin


Ann Shin, director of Hot Docs 2021 opening night film A.rtificial I.mmortality, explores if A.I. technology can replicate the human brain enough to let us exist after death, and if technology can generate “immortality.” Watch it at Hot Docs

Introducing the SODEC Delegation at Hot Docs 2020


Since its creation the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) has taken on a leadership role to help Québec’s cultural enterprises thrive in a changing technological environment, where organizations must adapt to evolving

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

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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