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Hot Docs Workshops

Our workshops help filmmakers of all levels develop new skills.

Pass Level Required: Conference Pass, Conference and Networking Pass, All-Access Pass

For all workshops, seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


2019 Hot Docs Workshops

Monday, April 29

11:00 AM-1:00 PM
7 Deadly Sins of Self-Distribution
Strategist Jon Reiss and Sonja Henrici of the Scottish Documentary Institute team up to teach you the seven common pitfalls when self-distributing your documentary film and solutions to these avoidable errors.


Tuesday, April 30

10:00-11:30 AM
How Are We Going to Break Barriers?
Hot Docs has teamed up with the IDA to open a conscious-raising conversation: how can festivals empower doc creators working with a disability and create a welcoming hub for audiences with all abilities? If you require accessibility support to access this session, please contact Hot Docs Industry. Supported by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

3:30-5:00 PM
What to Know Before You Drone
Is a drone shot logistically feasible for your upcoming production shoot? Representatives from Transport Canada debunk the myths and address key information vital to flying your drone safely and legally.


Wednesday, May 1

3:00-5:00 PM
CAVCO Explained
Planning on making a documentary in Canada? The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) invites you to learn about best practices for preparing applications for tax credits, recent public notices related to CAVCO policies and useful clarifications about these policies now that they’ve been in effect for a year or more.


Thursday, May 2

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Here’s What Really Happened
No tweeting. No press. Filmmakers only. These are the kinds of frank conversations you might overhear between filmmakers speaking in hushed tones at the local bar late at night during the Festival. Learn what really happened behind the scenes of a Hoc Docs film as moderated by Ranell Shubert (IDA).


Friday, May 3

1:00-3:00 PM
Rent-an-Expert: Composing for Documentary
Sign-up on the day of this session for a one-on-one consultation with either Janal Bechthold (Mercando Music), Joseph Shabason (Boombox Sound) or Erica Procunier, three composers working in documentary. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Consultations will be limited to 20 minutes per person. Supported by Donner Canadian Foundation.

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  • logo CBC Docs

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