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With exceptional professional development, networking, and business opportunities, Hot Docs is perfect for doc professionals at all career levels.

Register early and save!


Already registered? Pitch your doc at our curated one-on-one meeting services:

Hot Docs Deal Maker - For projects in development and production
Distribution Rendezvous - For finished and rough cut films

Questions? Please check out our registration FAQs or contact us at [email protected].


The Hot Docs Conference Pass offers unparalleled professional development opportunities—from hands-on workshops to keynote addresses from industry leaders—covering all aspects of the art and business of documentary.

Hot Docs Conference Pass holders will have access to:

  • All Festival screenings
  • All Conference sessions and workshops
  • All services offered by the Hot Docs Industry Centre (93 Charles Street West)
  • Access to the Hot Docs Online Community for one year
  • One Hot Docs Program Guide and delegate bag
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The Hot Docs Conference and Networking Pass combines professional development with a full range of valuable networking opportunities—parties, receptions and more—to best connect and do business with colleagues.

Hot Docs Conference and Networking Pass holders will have access to all listed features in Conference Pass option above, plus:

  • One ticket to the Hot Docs Opening Night Gala
  • One ticket to each Happy Hour afternoon cocktail
  • One ticket to regular evening receptions and parties
  • One ticket to the annual Hot Docs Award Presentation
  • International Co-Production Day Producer-to-Producer meetings
  • The Festival Doc Shop with over 1800 titles available for viewing
  • Distribution Rendezvous pitch session applications
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The Hot Docs All-Access Pass offers professional development and networking plus invaluable access to premium market programs and events. Get the latest market intelligence at the renowned Hot Docs Forum, and pitch leading decision-makers one-on-one at Hot Docs Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous.

All-Access Pass holders will have access to:

  • All listed features in Conference and Networking Pass option above, plus:
  • All Hot Docs Forum events
  • Hot Docs Deal Maker pitch meeting applications
  • All Close Up With… sessions
  • All services provided by the Hot Docs Forum Support Services Desk, including meetings with consultants
  • Hot Docs Forum parties, receptions and lunches
  • One copy of the Hot Docs Forum Buyer’s Guide

Note: A limited number of All-Access Passes are available, and they typically sell out in advance of the event. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, take part in Hot Docs’ popular half-day networking and educational event for emerging and mid-career filmmakers.

  • Access to all three Kickstart sessions


Holiday (Until Jan 4) Early-Bird (Until Mar 1) Regular (Until Apr 21) Last Minute (after Apr 22)

Kickstart Pass





Conference Pass





Conference and Networking Pass





All-Access Pass






Kickstart Pass Conference Pass Conference and Networking Pass All-Access Pass

Kickstart Sessions

Festival Screenings

Conference Sessions and Workshops

Industry Centre Access

Online Community

Program Guide and Delegate Bag

Hot Docs Opening Night Gala

Regular Evening Receptions and Parties

Happy Hour Cocktails

Awards Presentation and Reception

International Co-Production Day Producer-to-Producer Meetings

The Festival Doc Shop

Distribution Rendezvous Pitch Meetings*

Hot Docs Forum Access

Hot Docs Deal Maker Pitch Meetings*

Close-Up With... Sessions

Hot Docs Forum Support Services

Hot Docs Forum Reception and Lunches

Hot Docs Forum Buyers Guide

* Pass holders must apply for the opportunity to participate in Hot Docs Deal Maker, Distribution Rendezvous meetings. Pre-registration is required for some events including Workshops, Producer-to-Producer meetings, and Close Up With… sessions.

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