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Marie Nelson Departs Hot Docs

It is with deep regret and gratitude that the Hot Docs Board of Directors announces that our President Marie Nelson has shared the news that she will be leaving her position at Hot Docs.
Marie came to us in July 2023 with an incredible record of executive leadership in independent documentary film, news, and broadcasting. Under her guidance, the Hot Docs team set forth with ambitious objectives aimed at elevating the Festival’s profile and expanding its reach with year-round programming. This year, the Hot Docs Festival successfully attracted enthusiastic audiences in ever growing numbers, with average Festival per screening attendance nearing pre-pandemic levels and box office revenue exceeding its target by 12%. We are proud of the work Hot Docs has accomplished with Marie at the helm and are confident that the groundwork she has laid during her tenure will assist us in realizing our full potential.
We at Hot Docs would like to express our appreciation for her invaluable contributions to the organization, and her unwavering commitment to advancing our mission. 
During this time of transition, Hot Docs will continue to forge a new path to create a sustainable future for organizational and financial growth. As Hot Docs navigates its next chapter, we are fortunate to have the continued stewardship of Interim Executive Director Janice Dawe and Managing Director Heidi Tao Yang. The Board has full confidence in them to capably steer the organization through this period.

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