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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


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


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 very


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


Emerging Voices: Seeking Critical Feedback in a Country of Nice People

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Hot Docs Jots presents Emerging Voices, where past Doc Accelerator participants discuss their experience with filmmaking and the doc industry. Applications for the 2019 Doc Accelerator lab are open, with a final deadline of January 17.

Cat Mills,


Tiffany Hsiung on her Breakout Debut The Apology

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Tiffany Hsiung, director, writer and cinematographer of the The Apology, shares her process and the learning curves of a first-time filmmaker. The Apology is the story of women interned as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II


The Art of the Business - The Role of a Visual Researcher with Elizabeth Klinck

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In our new series The Art of the Business, Hot Docs speaks to prolific visual researcher Elizabeth Klinck. Elizabeth has over 36 years of experience and has worked on over 200 projects as a visual and editorial researcher, a visual archive and


The Peacemaker: A Debut Film and A Hardened Subject

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This week we talk to James Demo about Hot Docs Forum 2013 project and Hot Docs official selection 2016 film The Peacemaker, on making your first film about a subject who struggles to connect.  Hot Docs: You followed Padraig (an international


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