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Kickstart is a half-day long series of dynamic sessions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc-makers.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Pass Level: All industry passes

2019 Kickstart Sessions

10:00-11:30 AM
My First VR Doc
Meet the directors of Traveling While Black, In Bakassi and They Should Be Flowers. These first-time virtual reality doc filmmakers with works premiering at Hot Docs open up about the journey from selecting an idea, to designing for the medium, to launching their final product onto the international film circuit.

12:30-1:30 PM
Let’s Work on Your Trailer
In Hot Docs’ 2019 audience research, over 50% of Canadian audiences say they select what to watch based on the trailer. Yet when it comes to marketing trailers, doc filmmakers are behind on the curve. In this session, a roster of editors dissect the elements of a great, catchy trailer.

2:00-2:30 PM
Chain & Gain
Filmmaker and producer Jennifer Holness (Speakers for the Dead) teaches the fundamentals of a Chain of Title, how to create one and what you as a filmmaker gain by having one at the ready.

3:00-4:00 PM
Maximize your Short’s Exposure
Short but mighty. We gather a cross-section of distributors, digital platforms and sales agents working exclusively with the short form to tackle the question of how bite-sized content can be strategically maximized to bolster opportunities and broaden your career.

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

Presenting Partners

  • Logo Crave 2019
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo telefilm
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