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Robert Lang Discusses the Vital Need to Fund Underrepresented Communities

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Robert Lang is a filmmaker and founder of the R&M Lang Foundation, which established the CrossCurrents Fund in 2014. We spoke to Robert about his motivation for starting the Fund, and the communities served by acknowledging the work


How to Build a Time Machine Filmmaker Jay Cheel on Obsession and Procedure

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Filmmaker Jay Cheel has premiered two films at Hot Docs: Beauty Day in 2011 and How to Build a Time Machine this year. How to Build a Time Machine received Corus-Hot Docs Development funding in 2011, Completion funding in 2015 and launched Hot


Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Alumnus Jorge Armand Talks About Hybrid Cinema and Bringing his Film to Venice

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Hot Docs 2014 Doc Accelerator alumnus Jorge Thielen Armand’s debut feature La Soledad, the story of a Caracas boy who discovers that the decrepit shanty he unlawfully occupies will soon be demolished, is an official selection at the 73rd Venice


Rama Thiaw: On Filmmaking in Post-Colonial Senegal and "Televising the Revolution"

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Interview below in both French and English.

Hot Docs: The Revolution Won’t be Televised was selected for the International Forum of New Cinema, considered the most daring section of the


Christy Garland on Cheer Up and on Upending the Traditional Sports Narrative

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As we establish ourselves firmly in the deep summer of Toronto, Hot Docs mets up with Director and Producer Christy Garland to talk about her Festival pick Cheer Up, and the life-cycle of a film that began several years


Hot Docs Industry and the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Doc Fund Fellows Take the Durban FilmMart and Durban International Film Festival by storm

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In June 2016, Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw and myself, industry programmer of funds and Hot Docs Deal Maker Heidi Tao Yang, took an epic back-to-back trip to Durban FilmMart (DFM)/Durban International Film Festival


"In the World of Documentaries Everything is Possible" - Hot Docs Master Class with Iikka Vehkalahti

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The most popular session from Hot Docs 2016: Iikka Vehkalahti’s wonderful master class:

The first seven minutes of your film are the most important—they set the tone and hook the viewer. Hot Docs 2016 Doc Mogul honouree Iikka


​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


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