Hot Docs Jots

Thank you Hot Docs 2017!

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! 



  • 20 projects representing 20 countries were presented to a panel of over 200 key commissioning editors and funders at the Forum. 
  • 430 Distribution Rendezvous meetings took place with 89 projects.
  • 700 Deal Maker meetings with 60 projects and 65 participating broadcasters, funders and financiers. 

A full week of industry programming was attended by 2,650 international delegates! We also broke a record for audience attendance at 215,000! Hot Docs mounted a roster of six workshops, 3 Kickstart panels for emerging filmmakers, 15 conference sessions, 14 networking events and parties, 7 micro meetings, 15 Close Up With… sessions, the Doc Summit, international co-production events, the Doc Mogul Award, and the Hot Docs Awards Presentation. 

We also hosted official delegations from: Atlantic Canada, Bermuda, British Columbia, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Japan, The Nordic Region, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, and the USA.

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

240 delegates took part in six hands-on workshops on: contract surgeries, festival strategy, marketing and discoverability, international co-producing, security and visual research. 



We had 19 amazing films pitch at the Forum - with 10 female directors and 25 female producers. 

Congratulations to the Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize winner: Blue Box (Norma Productions, Breakthrough Entertainment (Ira Levy, Intuitive Pictures (Ina Fichman); Israel, Canada). Pitched by director Michal Weits and producer Assaf Amir. The Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize is a $10,000 cash prize. 

Congratulations to our Cuban Hat Award Winner 306 Hollywood, directed by Elan and Jonathan Bogarin, and pitched by Judit Stalter, Elan and Jonathan Bogarin

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 was matched dollar-for-dollar by Hot Docs, bringing the total cash prize to $1673.06 CDN. The prize also includes a 2018 Hot Docs industry passes, one IDFA Forum observer accreditation, and two free passes to DOK Leipzig. The Cuban hat in which the prize money was collected was presented Marie Nelson of PBS for the second year in a row, named favourite commissioning editor also by observer ballot.


$75,000 was awarded at the event—first place received $30,000, second place received $25,000 and third place received $20,000. Prize money courtesy of BravoFACT.

Pitched by Sherien Barsoum
A young black man overcomes personal, social and familial struggles to cross Canada in a journey inspiring new narratives on race, privilege and poverty.

Pitched by Stuart Coxe, Laurie Few, Colette Vosberg
Nigerian school girls who are survivors of the Boko Haram kidnapping come to terms with their experiences and rebuilding their lives in these stories of empowerment and equality, but also about rage, fear, acceptance and inspiration.

3rd Place - 36 HITCHIN ROAD
Pitched by Lorna Kirk
The moving story of a dying elderly woman and her unlikely caregiver brought to life through animated charcoal drawings and footage spanning a decade.

Thank you for coming and we will see you all again in 2018!

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