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Elevating Story with Archive


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Secrets to Success: The Hot Docs Forum 2016


What is the Hot Docs Forum? The Hot Docs Forum is a renowned international financing event aimed at securing co-productions and funds for feature length documentaries. The Hot Docs Forum is the flagship industry event of Hot Docs, North

Welcome to Hot Docs Jots!


We are thrilled to welcome you to Hot Docs Jots, the brand new Hot Docs industry blog, a living resource and editorial platform where dynamic voices within the industry will share their expertise, advice and opinions each and every

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