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The Co-Production Dilemma: Producer’s Tips and Tricks

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This monthly series illuminates some of the mysteries associated with co-production. This is not a step-by step guide, as each co-production relationship is unique and dependent on numerous variables. Though there are often financial


New Canadian Platforms 2016: CBC Docs Shorts

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This week #hotdocsjots speaks to Lesley Birchard - Executive in Charge of Production with CBC Unscripted, where she develops and oversees production on a number of television and digital specials and series. Lesley is currently overseeing a


Elevating Story with Archive

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This week at Hot Docs Jots we talk to career editor and filmmaker Manfred Becker, Manfred is a long-time collaborator with Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson and has won Gemini, Genie and International Emmy awards. He


Spectres of Shortwave: An Interview with Amanda Dawn Christie

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Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, performance, photography and electro-acoustic sound design. In 2014, she received Shaw Media-Hot Docs funding for her first feature documentary Spectres of


The Co-Production Dilemma: Getting Your Head in the Game

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This monthly series will illuminate some of the mysteries associated with co-production. This is not a step-by step guide, as each co-production relationship is unique and dependent on numerous variables. Though there are often


The Art of Radio Documentary at Hot Docs

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This week at #HotDocsJots we chat with independent producer and fellow lover of all things radio Veronica Simmonds. Veronica is the creator and host of a weird and wonderful program called Bradio—radio storytelling with a beauty


An Industry First Timer: Rebecca Goes to IDFA

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Even though it was my first time attending IDFA, something about it felt like home. Of course Amsterdam is unlike Toronto in many ways. I wish we had peaceful canals surrounded by elegant Dutch architecture, and more Dutch pastries, please. But


New Canadian Platforms 2016: VICELAND

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In the coming weeks VICE is set to launch VICELAND, a 24-hour Canadian channel and $100-million joint venture between Rogers and VICE Media. VICE is also currently in the process of launching a state-of-the-art multimedia production studio


Mainstreaming the Margins: Shane Smith's Notes from CPH:DOX

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Copenhagen has got it together.

From the cheap and easy train ride from the airport to the city centre, to the city-wide bike lanes and rental bikes equipped with iPads for easy access and route mapping, to the effortlessly cool


MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER Short Documentary Makes Oscar Shortlist

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This week, we’re joined by the team behind My Enemy, My Brother, shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category. Director Ann Shin, executive producer Melanie Horkan and


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