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 2021 - Documentary Deep Dive
This application is for “Hot Docs 2021 - Documentary Deepdive”, a new programming initiative taking place April 29 to May 9, 2021 in various locations in Toronto. The new programming will include a number of new initiatives aimed at attracting new audiences, but will also draw on long time audiences, and new online viewers engaged in 2020 (30% of digital Festival viewers in 2019 had not previously been to Hot Docs). Special programming components include: (1) “Documentary Deep Dive” enhancements include (i) Outstanding Achievement Award (awarded to filmmaker Stanley Nelson); and (ii) “Made In:” a spotlight on an individual country or region (potentially Colombia, Chile, Russia, China or the Middle East and North Africa region); (iii) “Hot Docs Live Podcast” launch event will debut a new podcast episode to an in-person audience, followed by a Q&A with the hosts/creators; (2) two new program streams (tbd): The programming team will develop two new programs in response to recurring themes that emerge from film submissions (core program streams include: Canadian Spectrum; International Spectrum; Special Presentations; World Showcase; and Persister); and (3) an outdoor family-friendly screening. (The full scope of programming will depend on the trajectory of re-opening in Ontario, but organizers have stated that they will be able to enact a hybrid in-person/online model if required) Public partners include: Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council (Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates Industry Development Program unconfirmed). Scotia Wealth Management is the “Presenting Platinum Partner”.
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