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Connect with Decision Makers at Deal Maker 2018

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What is Hot Docs Deal Maker? Hot Docs Deal Maker arranges over 700 one-on-one meetings between 40 selected projects and top decision makers from over 65 international broadcasters or funders at Hot Docs Festival. Deal Maker looks for projects of all


Tokyo Docs 2017

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November 5 to 8, 2017, Hot Docs industry funds manager Heidi Tao Yang attended Tokyo Docs in Japan.  Held annually, Tokyo Docs is an international documentary event with the aim of providing a platform for Japanese and Asian documentary filmmakers


Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers Part 3

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This monthly series (Part 3 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 enact


Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers Part 2

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This new monthly series (Part 2 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


imagineNATIVE's Daniel Northway-Frank on the Doc Summit and On-Screen Protocols and Pathways

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For the last 18 years, imagineNATIVE has been a touchstone for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities when discussions about of representation or lack of proper engagement with Indigenous people in film and media art arises. Reflections on


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

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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 to


Ali Weinstein and Caitlin Durlak talk about MERMAIDS

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Director Ali Weinstein and producer Caitlin Durlak on running with the momentum of their first feature film Mermaids. Hot Docs: What do you think audiences will take away from Mermaids? Caitlin Durlak: For anybody who is at a crossroads in their


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

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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

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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


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