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Hot Docs unveils $2M fund for Canadian, international doc makers

The new program, Hot Docs Partners, aims to connect financiers with feature-length projects, with Toronto’s Blue Ice Docs signing on as the lead investor.

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Blue Ice Docs finds The Missing Ingredient

The Toronto-based distributor acquired two other titles in addition to the Michael Sparaga-directed doc. (Sparaga pictured.)

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Coming Soon: How To Change The World

Robin Smith of Toronto-based distributor KinoSmith on the theatrical release strategy for Greenpeace doc How To Change The World.

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Coming Soon: Monsoon

Kinosmith CEO Robin Smith on the theatrical distribution strategy for Sturla Gunnarson’s latest doc.

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Coming Soon: The Backward Class

Robin Smith of Blue Ice Docs on his theatrical distribution strategy for The Backwards Class, winner of the 2014 Hot Docs Audience Award.

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Canadian distributors in early Toronto deal-making

Blue Ice Docs and Mongrel Media have unveiled deals ahead of the Toronto festival getting underway Thursday.

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Cinedigm takes U.S. rights to The Fruit Hunters

The U.S. digital distributor plans a spring 2013 theatrical release followed by VOD, digital and DVD for Yung Chang’s documentary about the world of exotic fruit and fruit enthusiasts.

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Hot Docs title Herman’s House picked up by Kinosmith

In other local festival market action, indie Syndicado acquired Sagi Bornstein’s Kafka’s Last Story after its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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Whistler Film Fest announces jurors, China spotlight

Jacob Tierney, Sarah Gadon and Shirley Vercruysse among the industry names to adjudicate competitions for the 11th annual festival.

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Kinosmith president to program Hot Docs’ Bloor Cinema

Robin Smith will be responsible for selecting and booking films to screen at the cinema, which is currently under renovation.

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Why launching fewer films at TIFF breaks through market clutter

Robin Smith, head of indie distributor Kinosmith, talks about his 2011 TIFF strategy and why sometimes less is more.

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KinoSmith picks up four docs at Hot Docs

Indie distributor KinoSmith has pre-bought Canadian filmmaker Amy Miller’s The Carbon Rush, along with three other films.