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Thank You Hot Docs 2016

It is with a pang of sadness that we say farewell for another year to all the delegates who joined us at Hot Docs 2016. It all went by too fast. Thank you for making this edition of Hot Docs our best ever! 


Approx. 405 Distribution Rendezvous meetings took place.

Approx. 625 Deal Maker meetings with 70 projects and 65 participating decision makers.

A full week of industry programming was attended by 2678 delegates from around the world. 

Hot Docs also hosted a record 14 official delegations from Australia, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, the Nordic Region, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA.

320 Delegates participated in 16 intimate Close Up with...Session with Arte GEIE,  AVROTROS, CBC, Channel 4, CNN Films, Condé Nast Entertainment, Discovery Channel in the US and Canada, The New York Times Op-Docs, Participant Media, PBS, TVO, VICE Canada, VGTV, Vimeo and YLE. 

Over 1500+ delegates attended our conference sessions on VR, Diagnosing Your Doc Career, Funding Media for Social Change, Filming in Conflict Zones, going Behind the Music and our Doc Summit on Diversity in Docs. We also held In Conversations and Masterclasses with Joe Berlinger, Iikka Vehkalahti and Heidi Ewing. 

80 producers took part in our International Producer-to-Producer one-to-one Meetings.

240 delegates took part in six hands-on workshops on: The Art of the Interview, Branded Docs, Decoding Contracts, Impact Producing, creating impactful Short Form Content, and sat down with some of this year's festival films to find out What Really Happened on set and in the editting room. 


We had 19 amazing films pitch at the Forum - with 12 female directors and 27 female producers. 

Congratulations to the Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize (formerly Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize) winner: Showgirls of Pakistan (Nomad Film). Pitched by Saad Khan, Anam Abbas and Mark Johnston.

Hot Docs and Corus have partnered to increase the quantity and quality of social, cultural and political one-off documentaries produced in Canada by Canadian-based production companies. In nurturing Canadian talent and giving voice to a diversity of viewpoints, the Funds ultimately helps Canadian documentaries reach new audiences.The Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize is a $10,000 cash prize. 

Congratulations to our Cuban Hat Award Winner Happy Winter (Indyca, Zenit Arti Audiovisive), pitched by Giovanni Totaro and Simone Catania.

Conceived by Diego Briceño and Giulia Frati (Makila, Montreal) at the 2009 edition of the Hot Docs Forum, the Cuban Hat Award was established in an impromptu display of collegial support as Forum Observers passed the hat to raise money in support of their favourite pitch at the Forum. This year’s collection brought in $611.75 CDN, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by Hot Docs, bringing the total cash prize to $1223.50 CDN. The prize also includes two 2017 Hot Docs industry passes, one IDFA accreditation, two passes to DOK Leipzig, as well as consulting sessions with various industry experts. The Cuban hat in which the prize money was collected was presented to Marie Nelson of PBS, named favourite commissioning editor also by observer ballot.


Congratulations to the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch Winners:

First Place Prize of $30,000 

REPAIRING SOCIETY Pitched by Cat Mills (Toronto, ON) An intimate look at Torontonians, Repairing Society explores who will fix your broken items, why they do it, and why our society needs to start caring about our stuff and each other.

Second Place Prize of $25,000 

SEXUAL BEING Pitched by Paul Stravropoulos (Toronto, ON) An exploration of love, sexuality and agency, Sexual Being follows Meaghan, an artist and spiritual teacher, and Chandler, a student and alternative pornography actor, who both have cerebral palsy.

Third Place Prize of $20,000

MOTHER CANADA Pitched by Craig Jackson (Moncton, NB) Follow Ray Stapleton on his quest to have Canada’s largest war memorial, Mother Canada, erected in Green Cove, Cape Breton, despite controversy and governmental change that could crush the project.

Six filmmaking teams pitched their short documentary projects to a live audience and panel of judges for the chance to win a share of $75,000. Prize money courtesy of BravoFACT.

Thank you for coming and we will see you all again in 2017!

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