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Pitch In

Get involved at Pitch In, a live crowdfunding event for documentary film projects.

Five Canadian filmmaking teams will take the stage at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema to present their next documentary project in production. Following each pitch, you’ll have the chance to learn more and contribute directly in support of your favourite projects. The event will be moderated by Hot Docs Forum producer Dorota Lech and co-hosted by Garvia Bailey, arts journalist and host of Good Morning Toronto on JazzFM 91.

Date: October 19, 7:00 PM
Location: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

10-Minute Pitches


Director: Michal Weits
Producers: Assaf Amir, Ina Fichman
Executive Producer: Ira Levy

Joseph Weits, Michal’s great-grandfather, was the head of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). His personal diaries reveal how Palestinian land was transferred to Israel, and Blue Box is the missing link in understanding the unending tribal war over land in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Contributions go toward: Archives, some remaining shooting, editing
Stage of project: Production
Date of completion: August 2018


Director: Brett Story
Producers: Brett Story, Danielle Varga

A film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety, The Hottest August documents New York City during the sweltering heat and persistent tension of August 2017. Charting new territory in the space between essay filmmaking and observational documentary, it offers an intimate and unnerving portrait of our time.

Contributions go toward: Post-production
Stage of project: Production
Date of completion: January 2019


Director: PJ Raval
Producers: Marty Syjuco, Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala

Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman, Jennifer Laude, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine. As they demand answers, and a just trial, hidden histories of U.S. colonization and abuse come bubbling to the surface.

Contributions go toward: Post production and delivery
Stage of project: Post-production
Date of completion: January 2018

Introductory Pitches


Director: Aisha Jamal
Producer: Deborah Parks

When a first generation immigrant family from Kandahar, Afghanistan, buys land in the rural Canadian hamlet of Kandahar, their journey to find “a piece of Afghanistan in the Prairies” reveals deep generational differences and differing conceptions of what it means to be Canadian.

Contributions go toward: Post-production
Stage of project: Production
Date of completion: July 2018


Director: Zaynê Akyol
Assistant Director: Arshia Shakiba
Producers: Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering

Delve into the lives of Kurdish guerrillas fighting in Syria, women who are rebuilding cities by establishing a revolutionary system and advocating direct democracy, multiculturalism, gender equality, religious diversity and respect for the environment.

Contributions go toward: Production
Stage of project: Development
Date of completion: March 2019

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Signature Partner

  • logo documentary-Channel

Presenting Partners

  • logo Bell-Media
  • logo Netflix
  • logo Rogers
  • Logo Samsung

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm