Hot Docs

League of exotique

Rama Rau’s League of Exotique Dancers to open Hot Docs ’16

Other Canadian titles making their world bows include Matt Gallagher’s How to Prepare for Prison and John Bolton’s Aim For The Roses. (Exotique Dancers pictured.)


First Hot Docs films revealed

Two Canadian titles have been added to the festival’s Special Presentations program, including Kevin McMahon’s Spaceship Earth (pictured).


BravoFact, Hot Docs renew doc pitch contest

The short documentary pitching contest, now in its second year, awards a total of $70,000 to the top three shorts.

The Illegal

In brief: Awards news, Canadians at Berlin

Conquering Lion’s The Illegal heads to Berlin’s market, while Canadians shine on the North American and world stage.

Rosie Dransfeld

Hot Docs to honour Rosie Dransfeld

Dransfeld will be honoured with a “Focus On” retrospective at the Hot Docs ’16 festival, which also named its 2016 “mogul” as well.

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Hot Docs reports $33.3M economic impact for Ontario

The economic impact study from the organization also reported $16.1 million in Canadian business deals stemming from Hot Docs’ 2015 industry programs.

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Hot Docs’ Shane Smith on shorts, VR and world premieres

Playback sister publication Realscreen caught up with Hot Docs’ incoming programming director Shane Smith to discuss his goals for the Toronto festival.


Charlotte Cook to exit Hot Docs

The Toronto festival’s director of programming is leaving to pursue a career opportunity “at the intersection of documentary film production and curation.”

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Hot Docs wraps up 2015 fest with record attendance

Eleven Canadian films and Canadian copros also made the top 20 audience favourite list.

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Living with Giants wins Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum prize

The Pitch Prize went to the MC2 Communication Media project, while the inaugural Hot Docs Short Film Pitch winners were also unveiled Thursday.


Fractured Land breaks ground at Hot Docs

First-time feature directors Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis hope to attract the attention of international broadcasters and distributors as their doc bows at the Toronto festival.

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Hot Docs strikes VOD partnership for festival films

Rogers On Demand, Bell Fibe TV On Demand, Vimeo On Demand, Cineplex Store, iTunes and SundanceNow Doc Club will showcase films from the Hot Docs collection.