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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Toronto, Ontario, Canada / April 26-May 6, 2018 / hotdocs.ca / A, V, P

More than 200,000 people per year flock to Hot Docs, the most active documentary market in North America. Pitch forums to stimulate international co-production financing, deal-making workshops, and a “Distribution Rendezvous” that sets up one-on-one meetings to help finish rough cut films all work hand-in-hand to ensure that buyers on the ground are trigger-happy and moviemakers score a sale. One of Hot Docs’ many killer cash prizes, the Don Haig Award, invites its $10,000 recipient to name an emerging female doc moviemaker to receive an additional $5,000.

Attendees get their heads goggled and minds boggled at Hot Docs 2017’s VR showcase. Photograph by Thomas Kim, courtesy of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

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  1. Indie Film Share

    March 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Agree, remember to have your gold professionally graded and you should ensure that you organise the correct level of insurance to cover your investment.

  2. Max Weinstein

    November 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Fixed, thanks for your feedback.

  3. Jon Deo

    April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Really? No gay film festivals. Try again.

    • Filmmaker

      April 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      “Iris Prize Film Festival’s namesake is indeed its calling card—IPFF continues to dole out the largest LGBT short film prize (£30,000) on the planet”

    • Caleb, Asst Editor

      June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep an eye out for our upcoming “25 Coolest Film Fests” in our Summer issue (newsstands 7/24). Lots of LGBT Fest representation!

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