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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 earlier, the way all

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 (DIFF)

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

Before Beyoncé There Was Tempest Storm: A Filmmaker Interview


This week we speak to director/producer Nimisha Mukerji and producer Kaitlyn Regehr about  2016 Hot Docs official selection Tempest Storm (Shot Glass Productions) and the film’s namesake: America’s oldest living sex icon. In honour of the

The Co-Production Dilemma: Co-Production From a Canadian Point of View


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 advantages to

Heidi Goes to Qumra


From the moment I arrived in Doha, Qatar, I was impressed by the beautiful architecture, warm hospitality and, of course, delicious food—I was instantly addicted to the chapati and karak. (Does anyone know where to find this in Toronto?) No less

Canadian Broadcast Platforms 2016: Bell Media and HBO


Hot Docs Jots’ New Canadian Platforms monthly series highlights new opportunities for Canadian filmmakers in the Canadian broadcast landscape. This month we welcome Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production at Bell Media to discuss

Living With Giants: The Filmmaker Interview


This week Hot Docs Jots is joined by the three person team behind the stark and beautiful Living With Giants, a portrait of an Inuk teenager named Paulusie who yearns for his independence while faltering along the way. We speak to co-directors 

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