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


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


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


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

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