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Hot Docs Industry 2018 - How to Hot Docs!

Dear Hot Docs Filmmakers and Delegates, 

On the eve of the Festival, as you arrive in Toronto or travel across town to the Industry Centre, we offer a very heartfelt welcome to Hot Docs 2018.

We encourage you to check back here throughout the Festival for more industry tips, as well as the homepage of our website for a look at the best of the Fest each day. To get you started, we've listed some industry highlights below.

And to all our guest filmmakers who have films in the Festival: We are thrilled to celebrate your film with our Toronto audiences. Congratulations! There are a number of industry opportunities to enhance your Festival experience. See the growing list of attending buyers.

CLOSE UP WITH...SESSIONS 

Commissioners and key funders will reveal their programming strategies, commissioning structures and what they really want from producers.

Sign-up is available in the Hot Docs Forum Lounge at Hart House beginning at 8:30 AM on day of session. Closed to media/social media. All-Access Pass is required.

Tuesday, May 1

2:45 - 3:15 PM: TVO, Cinereach, Ceska Televize - Czech Television

3:00 - 3:30 PM: Chicken & Egg, YLE

4:00 - 4:30 PM: The New York Times – Op-Docs, Knowledge Network, National Geographic, NHK, France 2 - 25 Shades of Docs

4:45 - 5:15 PM: BBC Storyville, CBC, PBS American Documentary / POV, yesDocu

Wednesday, May 2

3:00 - 3:30 PM: WGBH, Arte France - La Lucarne

3:15 - 3:45 PM: Al Jazeera English - Witness, A&E IndieFilms


THE HOT DOCS CONFERENCE 

Don't miss our industry sessions, taking place at the Industry Centre (2nd floor) and TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Saturday, April 28

In Discussion: Silence Breakers

10:30 AM–11:30 AM

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4


Monday, April 30

Generating Empathy

10:30 AM–11:30 AM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Pitch Perfect

1:00 PM–2:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Hot Docs Workshop: The Art of the Deal

2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 004

Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis

 

Case Study: International Coalition of Buyers

2:30 PM–3:30 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Now What, Documentarians?: Beyond #MeToo

4:00 PM–5:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor


In Conversation with Cara Mertes

4:00 PM–5:00 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

 

Tuesday, May 1

Doc Summit: Exporting Canada

9:30 AM–11:30 AM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Hot Docs Workshop: Contract Surgery

11:30 AM–1:30 PM

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 004

Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis

 

Masterclass with Morgan Neville

Tuesday, May 1

12:30 PM–2:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Hot Docs Workshop: Finding the Heart of your Story

2:00 PM–5:00 PM

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 004

Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis

 

Talk to my Agent

2:30 PM–3:30 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Keynote: Jesse Wente

4:00 PM–5:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Wednesday, May 2

Kickstart: My First Doc

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Kickstart: Sound Advice

12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Kickstart: Perfecting your Elevator Pitch

2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Hot Docs Workshop: Festival Strategy Lab

3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 004

Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis

 

Thursday, May 3

Strangers in the Dark: Who is your Theatrical Audience?

10:00 AM–11:00 AM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Performing Reality

11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

What to Know Before you Post Online

2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Hot Docs Workshop: The Trials and Triumphs of Webdocs

2:30 PM–4:30 PM

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 004

Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis

 

A Conversation with Barbara Kopple

4:00 PM–5:00 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4

 

Friday, May 4

Hot Docs Workshop: Impact Distribution

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 004

Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis

 

Show Me the Money!

11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

Some Assembly Required

12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor

 

The Perfect Score

2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Industry Centre, 2nd Floor


HOT DOCS HAPPY HOUR 

Mix and mingle with all festival and industry delegates in The Muskoka Brewery Hub and The Nook (Burwash Quad, outside the Industry Centre). A Conference and Networking or All-Access Pass is required.  Sunday, April 29 to Thursday May 3 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM.

GENERAL TIPS

Make the Most of Your Meetings

  • Prepare! Research the buyer profiles.
  • Think ahead! Instead of short-term gains, think of long-term connections.
  • Network! Take advantage of all events open to you.

Place to Meet People

  • Delegate Lounge in the Industry Centre (located at Victoria College)
  • The Muskoka Brewery Hub and The Nook
  • Happy Hour Cocktails
  • Evening Receptions and Parties

TICKETS FOR SCREENINGS 

Industry pass holders may obtain one ticket to each non-concurrent regular screening. Tickets can be obtained on the day of the screening at the participating theatre, beginning one hour before the first screening of the day. Just show your pass (subject to availability). 

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