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Hot Docs Industry All-Access Online

Providing all the valuable market events and services Hot Docs is known for, and connecting top decision makers from around the world with talented filmmakers.

There are two key hubs for Hot Docs Industry All-Access Online.

Available in The Doc Shop

All registered industry delegates will receive an email from [email protected] with your login information by end of day on April 30. Pass holders have access from April 30 to May 31, 2020.

Issues? Try our FAQs or contact [email protected].


The Doc Shop Screening Room
Hot Docs’ screening library and sales platform provides the opportunity to view official Hot Docs selections, as well as other outstanding new docs.

Industry Sessions
The 2020 keynote and panel offer tools for working within the rapidly changing documentary landscape. This year’s keynote, delivered by Kenyan filmmaker Sam Soko, will address why he believes art matters in a time of crisis.

Hot Docs and the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers co-present a panel discussion about filmmaking in this new paradigm, including strategies for survival and inspiration to thrive.

Close Up With… Sessions
Pre-recorded and moderated presentations by key funders and commissioners reveal their programming strategies, commissioning structures and what they are really looking for from producers.

From commissioning guidelines to specialty services, these pre-recorded presentations let you hear directly from industry leaders on how they work with the documentary community or how you can work with them.

Hot Docs Forum
This year, 22 projects will pitch to decision makers on May 5 and 6. Nineteen of these pre-recorded pitches, as well as the feedback they received, are available.

Hot Docs Al Jazeera Short Pitch
New this year, six teams pitched their short docs to a jury of industry experts for a chance to win a $50,000 commission from Al Jazeera’s flagship Witness strand, which commissioned the Academy Award nominated short doc St. Louis Superman. All six pitches and feedback are available.

Hot Docs Hangouts
A series of Zoom hangouts over the course of the Festival will provide delegates with a chance to discuss some of the things they’ve learned, connect with an industry influencer, or simply meet people and unwind. Hangouts took place Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8.

The Doc Shop Upload
All-Access Online pass holders are entitled to one complimentary Doc Shop upload, capacity permitting. If you wish you add your project to The Doc Shop, please contact [email protected].

Available in the Online Community

All delegates should have received login information when their registration was processed. Passholders have access now until registration opens for Hot Docs 2021.

Questions? Try our FAQs or contact [email protected].


Guide to Decision Makers
A digital guide to the companies and decision makers participating in Hot Docs 2020 market programs (Hot Docs Forum, Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous).

Industry Resources
A collection of informational, mental health and professional development resources for filmmakers, including links to emergency funds, digital distribution webinars, documentary masterclasses from award-winning filmmakers, how to cut your own hair, and more.

Hot Docs Forum Project Catalogue
A downloadable PDF guide to the projects pitching at this year’s Hot Docs Forum. Available until May 10, 2020.

Hot Docs Deal Maker Project Catalogue
A downloadable PDF guide to the projects pitching at this year’s Hot Docs Deal Maker. Available until May 10, 2020.

Other Programs

Hot Docs Deal Maker & Distribution Rendezvous
These pre-registered one-on-one pitch meeting programs connect filmmakers with key decision makers. Participants will receive their matches from the Hot Docs industry team. Pre-registration is closed. Meetings take place May 7 to 31, 2020.

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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

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