Lisa Valencia-Svensson Joins Hot Docs Team

Hot Docs is pleased to welcome Lisa Valencia-Svensson in the role of acting industry programs director. As an award-winning producer, Lisa’s documentaries have premiered and won top prizes at international festivals such as Hot Docs, Sundance and Tribeca.

Thank you to acting industry programs director Heidi Tao Yang for her strong leadership and outstanding work, and best wishes as she embarks on parental leave.

Lisa Valencia-Svensson (she/her) is an Emmy award-winning documentary producer and was most recently Vice President of Finance at Multitude Films. She co-produced PRAY AWAY (Tribeca 2020), CALL CENTER BLUES (SXSW 2020), and ALWAYS IN SEASON (Sundance 2019, Winner of the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency). She produced PJ Raval’s CALL HER GANDA (Tribeca 2018), which The Hollywood Reporter called “heartbreaking and inspirational.” Her first feature documentary, HERMAN’S HOUSE (Full Frame 2012, POV) won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Her second feature MIGRANT DREAMS (Hot Docs 2016) won the Canadian Hillman Prize and was a Top Ten Audience Favorite at Hot Docs. HERMAN’S HOUSE and MIGRANT DREAMS were both nominated for the Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary. Additional credits include LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (CPH:DOX 2018) and THE WORLD BEFORE HER (Tribeca 2012). Lisa has been a Tribeca All Access and IFP Documentary Lab fellow, a lead mentor for the Hot Docs Diverse Voices mentorship program, and is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Documentary Branch member.

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