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


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 Vehkalahti will

​Funding Media for Social Change - Hot Docs Conference Series


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


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


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


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

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev - Filmmaker Interview


The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev is the story of a close but fraught musical family headed by a unrelenting patriarch and the unequal treatment he bestows on his grown children, daughter Ada and son Ariel. Subsequently, we see how that

"Outraged Women Have Motivated Us" - Quipu Project Interactive Walkthrough


Quipu Project weaves the narratives of the indigenous and poor women of Peru who underwent forced sterilization in the early 1990s under dictator Alberto Fujimori. Building on centuries of oral tradition, via the new frontier of immersive

Welcome to Hot Docs Industry 2016


Dear Hot Docs Filmmakers and Delegates,

On the eve of the Festival, as you arrive in Toronto or travel across town to the Rogers Industry Centre, we offer a very heartfelt welcome to Hot Docs

How to Hot Docs!


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

Storytelling and Cinematography


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,

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