Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival was founded in 1994 to advance and celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking. Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.
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Hot Docs 2019 - "A Journey to Europe: a Virtual Tourism Experience"
"Hot Docs 2019 – ‘Journey to Europe: A Virtual Tourism Experience’”, is a new programming initiative taking place April 25 to May 5, 2019 in various locations in Toronto. Programming components of this initiative will include: (1) “Made In Italy” program featuring six to eight exemplary Italian documentaries as part of an augmented European film spotlight consisting of 30 films from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Scandinavia and Eastern/Southeastern Europe programmed specifically to fit into an experiential travel theme. Hot Docs will complement the series with special panels and guests promoted in partnership with European Film Promotion (EFP). The "Made in Italy" program will add 18 additional screenings to the Festival program; (2) an outdoor or large-format screening of a European documentary and live musical performance in a new Toronto venue (the Distillery is the unconfirmed location); (3) an “Outstanding Achievement Award” and a six-film retrospective honouring German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Wenders will be on hand to deliver a talk, accept the Award, and host Q&As at the six screenings; (4) a major “Food & Film” where Hot Docs will choose one to two European films focusing on food which will be paired with a major food event that will convene several experts and/or chefs steeped in European culinary traditions; (5) an exploration of Scottish-born John Grierson’s impact on the history of documentary cinema and the NFB in Canada. Bill Nemtin will host a pre-screening conversation with the director. The presentation and discussion will include a spotlight on the NFB’s primarily feminist Studio D which will include a retrospective of eight films from the Studio; and (6) a new “Hot Docs for Kids” program that will serve families and younger audiences and will include services like tagging films with age range suggestions and introducing accessibility accommodations for families.