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Welcome to the Hot Docs Forum 2018

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We’re heading into our 19th edition of the Hot Docs Forum, a renowned international financing event aimed at securing co-productions and funds for feature length documentaries. The Forum is the flagship industry event of Hot Docs


Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers Part 3

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This monthly series (Part 3 of 3) illuminates some of the mysteries associated with budgeting. This is not a step-by step guide, as each film and budget is unique and dependent on numerous variables, but rather, an overview that helps you enact


Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers Part 2

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This new monthly series (Part 2 of 3) illuminates some of the mysteries associated with budgeting. This is not a step-by step guide, as each film and budget is unique and dependent on numerous variables, but rather, an overview that helps you


imagineNATIVE's Daniel Northway-Frank on the Doc Summit and On-Screen Protocols and Pathways

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For the last 18 years, imagineNATIVE has been a touchstone for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities when discussions about of representation or lack of proper engagement with Indigenous people in film and media art arises. Reflections on


Watch the Online Release of Andrew Moir's Short Film: Babe, I Hate to Go

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Hot Docs Deal Maker and Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund alum Andrew Moir talks about dealing with mortality in his CBC Short Doc and Hot Docs 2017 official selection Babe, I Hate to Go.

Watch the film on CBC Short Docs. HD: What is Babe, I Hate


Ali Weinstein and Caitlin Durlak talk about MERMAIDS

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Director Ali Weinstein and producer Caitlin Durlak on running with the momentum of their first feature film Mermaids. See Mermaids at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema from July 14 - 20. 

Hot Docs: What do you think audiences will take away from


Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Recipient and Mentee Sihle Hlophe Takes us on her Journey from South Africa to Hot Docs.

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It was around this time last year that I began preparing my application for the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund development grant. At the time, I was cautiously optimistic. I knew that I had a solid story, but I was also aware that


Publication: Budgeting For Emerging Filmmakers

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This new monthly series (Part 1 of 3) illuminates some of the mysteries associated with budgeting. This is not a step-by step guide, as each film and budget is unique and dependent on numerous variables, but rather, an overview that helps you


Soko Sam on being a Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipient and festival mentee

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Soko Sam is a 2017 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipient and Festival mentee. He also pitched his project Softie in one-to-one Deal Maker meetings. 

It was midday and I had missed a morning session on understanding the film festival


Thank you Hot Docs 2017!

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It is with a pang of sadness that we say farewell for another year to all the delegates who joined us at Hot Docs 2017. It all went by too fast. Thank you for making this edition of Hot Docs our best ever! 

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