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Watch the Online Release of Andrew Moir's Short Film: Babe, I Hate to Go


Hot Docs Deal Maker and Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund alum Andrew Moir talks about dealing with mortality in his CBC Short Doc and Hot Docs 2017 official selection Babe, I Hate to Go.

Watch the film on CBC Short Docs. HD: What is Babe, I Hate

Ali Weinstein and Caitlin Durlak talk about MERMAIDS


Director Ali Weinstein and producer Caitlin Durlak on running with the momentum of their first feature film Mermaids. See Mermaids at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema from July 14 - 20. 

Hot Docs: What do you think audiences will take away from

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Recipient and Mentee Sihle Hlophe Takes us on her Journey from South Africa to Hot Docs.


It was around this time last year that I began preparing my application for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund development grant. At the time, I was cautiously optimistic. I knew that I had a solid story, but I was also aware that

Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers


This new monthly series (Part 1 of 3) illuminates some of the mysteries associated with budgeting. This is not a step-by step guide, as each film and budget is unique and dependent on numerous variables, but rather, an overview that helps you

Soko Sam on being a Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipient and festival mentee


Soko Sam is a 2017 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipient and Festival mentee. He also pitched his project Softie in one-to-one Deal Maker meetings. 

It was midday and I had missed a morning session on understanding the film festival

Thank you Hot Docs 2017!


It is with a pang of sadness that we say farewell for another year to all the delegates who joined us at Hot Docs 2017. It all went by too fast. Thank you for making this edition of Hot Docs our best ever! 

BY THE NUMBERS 20 projects

Director Jonathan Olshefski and Producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon discuss process in QUEST


Hot Docs: What was it about the Rainey family that inspired you to follow them, and continued to inspire you for a decade? Jonathan Olshefski: In 2006, I was teaching a photography class in North Philly and one of my students told me about the

32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide - Director Hope Litoff and Producer Beth Levison on the ethics of the subject-filmmaker relationship and why documentary is better than fiction.


Hot Docs: What does it mean to direct such a personal story, and what does that practice look like? Hope Litoff: It was very difficult, probably more difficult than I ever expected it to be. I was really lucky to have Beth; cinematographer Dan

Welcome to Hot Docs Industry 2017


Dear Hot Docs Filmmakers and Delegates,  On the eve of the Festival, as you arrive in Toronto or travel across town to the Industry Centre, we offer a very heartfelt welcome to Hot Docs 2017.

We encourage you to check back here throughout the

Hot Docs Insider Guide - Doin' It Right!


In anticipation of the Festival, the entire Hot Docs staff have shared their Festival tips and best kept secrets that will come in handy as you navigate the program and market over the 11 days of Hot Docs!

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