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Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers

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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

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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!

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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 2017. It all went by too fast. Thank you for making this edition of Hot Docs our best ever! 

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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

Sage Industry Advice


Bill Nye Comes to Hot Docs 2017

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Directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg discuss Hot Docs 2017 official selection Bill Nye: Science Guy, what it’s like to work with one of the world’s most beloved scientists and the man behind the persona.

Hot Docs: Bill Nye is


A Revolution in Four Seasons: Democracy, Feminism and A Western Lens

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A Revolution in Four Seasons director Jessie Deeter speaks about the significance of the Tunisian Revolution on global democracy, the changing role of women in the Islamic world, and capturing those processes as a westerner.

HD: There are


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


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