Festival Programming Team

Get to know the 2020 Hot Docs Festival programming team!


Shane Smith
Director of Programming
Jessica Gyll
Programming Manager
Kristin Boivin
Programming Administrative


Alex Rogalski, Senior Canadian Programmer

Alex Rogalski is the Senior Canadian programmer for Hot Docs and has been working with the festival since 2010. His programming career has focused on documentary and Canadian cinema for festivals across the country including TIFF, Calgary International Film Festival, Human Rights Watch, Victoria Film Festival, Gimme Some Truth and others. He holds a Masters in Communication and Culture, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and has written for publications including POV magazine.

Aisha Jamal, Canadian Programmer

Aisha Jamal started programming at small, community-based festivals. She has been working as Canadian Programmer at Hot Docs since 2016. In 2019 she worked as Programming Associate for Canadian and Nordic features at TIFF and for four years she was Head of Programming at the Syria Film Festival. She also teaches film theory and criticism while working on her own film projects.

Mariam Zaidi, Associate Programmer, Canada

Mariam Zaidi is a filmmaker and arts manager based in Toronto. Alongside her independent film work, Zaidi has held multiple roles at local arts organizations and festivals including the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Regent Park Film Festival, Images Festival and the Toronto Animated Image Society. She is currently an Associate Programmer at Hot Docs and the Executive Director at Breakthroughs Film Festival.


Angie Driscoll, Senior International Programmer & Senior Shorts Programmer

Angie Driscoll brings over 15 years of film programming experience to her work as Senior Shorts & Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs. She has programmed for a variety of international film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, the Toronto Urban Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest and Nordisk Panorama. She has curated for Babelgum, consulted for the Sundance Film Festival, Reel Canada, and the Prism Prize, and is currently a programmer for Aspen Shortsfest, a consultant for the Athena Film Festival and Midtnorsk Filmsenter, a writer for international sales agent Magnetfilm and online magazine Cinema Scandinavia.

Heather Haynes, Senior International Programmer

Heather Haynes is a Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, former International Programmer for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival, has served on numerous film juries and work in progress labs in Mexico, Central and South America, and has served for a number of years, as a reader for Chicken & Egg’s (Egg)celerator Labs. She has co-written and produced three award winning documentaries. In addition to her film work, she is the co-founder and producer of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto and founder of Culture Storm. She was the founder and Artistic Director of Toronto Free Gallery and former publisher of Fuse Magazine.

Myrocia Watamaniuk, Senior International Programmer

Myrocia Watamaniuk is Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. She has programmed fiction and non-fiction features and shorts for over 20 years, holding programming positions at Toronto International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, and Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. As a broadcaster and television producer, she has hosted programs and appeared on CBC News, CBC Toronto and Rogers TV.

Gabor Pertic, International Programmer & Senior Programming Coordinator

Gabor Pertic attended the University of Toronto as a Specialist in Cinema Studies. After working as a film critic in Toronto, he worked in the programming department of the Toronto International Film Festival. Currently, Gabor is the Senior Programming Coordinator & International Programmer for North America’s largest documentary-exclusive film festival Hot Docs.

Charlotte Selb, Mid-Length & International Programmer

Charlotte Selb was Director of Programming of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) from 2010 to 2015. She’s been an international programmer at Hot Docs since 2016, and an associate programmer at Cinéma Moderne, an arthouse theatre in Montreal, since 2018. She works as an independent film critic and curator and sits on the nomination committee of the IDA Awards.

Nataleah Hunter-Young, Associate International Programmer

Nataleah Hunter-Young is a film programmer and PhD candidate in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities in Canada. She has supported festival programming for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. You can find recent writing by Nataleah with Xtra, Canadian Art Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, and issue 58 of PUBLIC: Arts | Culture | Ideas for which she also served as co-editor. She was born and raised in community.

Darlene Naponse, Associate International Programmer

Darlene is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario. She is a writer, film director and video artist.

Ravi Srinivasan, Associate International Programmer

Ravi Srinivasan has been an International Associate Programmer for Hot Docs since 2017. Ravi also serves as an International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, and he is the founder and Executive Director of the South Western International Film Festival.


Eileen Arandiga, Shorts Programmer

Eileen Arandiga is a film programmer and curator who has a special interest in short film. Eileen has worked for a number of festivals including Hot Docs & TIFF, she was the Festival Director of the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto for six years. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.


Kiva Reardon, Redux Programmer

Kiva Reardon is the Lead Programmer of Contemporary World Cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival. She also programmes at the Miami Film Festival and the Redux section at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. In 2013 Kiva founded cléo, an online publication dedicated to creating space for feminist voices in film criticism.


Lynne Fernie, Focus On Programmer

Lynne is a documentary filmmaker, film programmer, songwriter and visual artist. She wrote and co-directed the multi-award-winning docs Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives, and Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule. She was the Senior Canadian Programmer with Hot Docs between 2002 and 2016, and currently curates the Focus On program. In her earlier life, she was a cultural activist with the art and LGBTQ+ communities, founded and edited feminist and art-run-centre magazines, and wrote song lyrics with The Parachute Club, including for the anthemic hit song Rise Up. Her visual art is represented by the Oeno Gallery.

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