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Reigniting Seminal Canadian Films Through Digitization

Hot Docs has partnered with Telefilm Canada, as well as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), on the digitization initiative Canadian Cinema - Reignited. The project will reinforce the importance of Canadian films in cinemas, festivals and on digital platforms.

“Digitization is the natural next step to preserve the legacy of Canadian films,” said Christa Dickenson, Telefilm Canada executive director and CEO. “We are partnering with the industry to promote the rediscovery of Canadian cinema, first theatrically and then on streaming platforms around the world. We know there is an appetite for Canadian storytelling, and together we can ensure audiences get what they want.”

“Hot Docs is thrilled to partner with Telefilm and other exceptional organizations in bringing important, underseen Canadian documentaries back to the attention of viewers across the country and around the world,” said Shane Smith, Hot Docs director of programming. “Only by preserving and digitizing Canadian films and sharing the important subjects they address, can we ensure the stories from our past are not lost to audiences of the future.”

Together, each of the partners are curating a selection of films that amplify a diversity of voices and allow the next generation of cinemagoers to experience films that played a role in shaping the Canadian film landscape.

Hot Docs is supporting the digitization of three films directed by Holly Dale and Janis Cole including P4W: Prison for Women (1981), Hookers on Davie (1984) and Calling the Shots (1988).



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