Forum Panorama2015 Bnr By Joseph Michael Howarth

2021 Selected Projects

Each year, projects find the financing they need at Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker.


Hot Docs Forum

At the 2021 Festival, there were 20 Forum projects representing 16 different countries and 25 filmmakers, 20 of whom are women and 10 of whom are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).

A massive thank you to this year’s selection committee: Hot Docs Forum producer Dorota Lech, Samara Chadwick, Heidi Fleisher, and Stephanie Owens.


AFRICAN MOOT
Production Companies: Undercurrent Film and Television CC (South Africa), Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects (South Africa)
Director: Shameela Seedat
Producers: Francois Verster, Shameela Seedat

AGAINST THE TIDE
Production Companies: Snooker Club Films Pvt Ltd (India), A Little Anarky Films (India)
Director: Sarvnik Kaur
Producers: Koval Bhatia, Sarvnik Kaur

THE AGE OF LONELINESS
Production Companies: Studio112 INC (Canada), Izi Films, LLC (USA)
Director: Jenni Morello
Producers: Leslie Norville, Bennett Elliott, Jenni Morello

BLACK MOTHERS
Production Companies: Dandara Productions LLC (USA), Topeka Pictures, LLC (USA)
Director: Débora Souza Silva
Producers: David Felix Sutcliffe, Débora Souza Silva

BLIX
Production Companies: Pink Productions, s.r.o. (Czech Republic), Sisyfos Film Production AB (Sweden)
Director: Greta Stocklassa
Producers: Radovan Síbrt, Alžběta Karásková

BREAKING THE BRICK
Production Company: La Ventana Cine (Chile)
Director: Carola Fuentes
Producer: Rafael Valdeavellano

BRIGIDY BRAM: THE KENDAL HANNA STORY
Production Companies: Daydream Reels, LLC (USA), Best Yet Entertainment Ltd (The Bahamas), Metamension CC (South Africa)
Directors: Kareem Mortimer, Laura Gamse
Producers: Laura Gamse, Kareem Mortimer, Bernard Myburgh

FIRE OF LOVE
Production Company: Fire of Love Productions Inc. (Canada/USA)
Director: Sara Dosa
Producers: Shane Boris, Ina Fichman, Sara Dosa

A HAWK AS BIG AS A HORSE
Production Company: Les Steppes Productions SARL (France)
Director: Sasha Kulak
Producer: Louis Beaudemont

THE LAST NOMADS
Production Companies: Wake Up d.o.o. (Serbia), Cut-Up d.o.o. (Montenegro), Kinematograf d.o.o (Croatia)
Directors: Biljana Tutorov, Petar Glomazić
Producers: Biljana Tutorov, Veliša Popović, Dijana Mladjenović

LIGHT OF THE SETTING SUN
Production Companies: Walking Productions, LLC (USA), Setting Sun Productions, LLC (USA)
Director: Vicky Du
Producers: Danielle Varga, Vicky Du

MADE IN ETHIOPIA
Production Companies: Made in Ethiopia, LLC (USA), Gobez Media Inc. (Canada)
Director: Xinyan Yu, Max Duncan
Producers: Tamara Dawit, Xinyan Yu, Max Duncan

MOTHER VERA
Production Company: She Makes Productions Ltd. (UK)
Director: Cécile Embleton, Alys Tomlinson
Producer: Laura Shacham

POSSESSING EINSTEIN
Production Company: Frequent Flyer Films Inc. (Canada)
Director: Michelle Shephard
Producers: Bryn Hughes, Carolyn Abraham

PROJECT X
Production Companies: Project X, LLC (Japan), Hanashi Films, LTD (UK), Cineric Creative, LLC (USA)
Director: Shiori Ito
Producers: Hanna Aqvilin, Eric Nyari, Shiori Ito

SWAN SONG
Production Companies: Visitor Media (Canada), Mercury Films Inc. (Canada)
Director: Chelsea McMullan
Producers: Chelsea McMullan, Sean O’Neill, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier

THE UNTITLED MARJOLAINE GRAPPE DOCUMENTARY
Production Companies: Memento SAS (France), Sweet World Films, LLC (USA)
Director: Marjolaine Grappe
Producers: Thierry Marro, Dana Nachman

VARADO: THE CURSE OF GOLD
Production Companies: YUZU Productions SAS (France), Compass Films (Iceland)
Directors: Nicos Argillet, Stéphane Correa
Producers: Christian Popp, Heather Millard

WILFRED BUCK
Production Companies: Door Number 3 Productions (Canada), National Film Board of Canada (Canada)
Director: Lisa Jackson
Producers: Lisa Jackson, Alicia Smith

YOGA VILLAGE
Production Companies: Shanghai Jiemian Cailian Press Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
Director: Rongfei Guo
Producers: Wenxin Zhong


The Hot Docs Forum wishes to thank founding partner Telefilm Canada. The Hot Docs Forum receives additional support from A&E, Blue Ice Pictures, C21 Media, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada Media Fund, CBC Gem, the City of Toronto, Crave, DGC, DGC Ontario, European Film Promotion, Goldenberg Nahmias LLP, Italian Trade Commission, Netflix, PROCOLOMBIA, ProimágenesColombia, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Realscreen, Rogers Group of Funds, Scotia Wealth Management, and the Toronto Arts Council.



Hot Docs Deal Maker

The 2021 Hot Docs edition welcomed 36 projects, representing 19 countries and territories, to participate in the 2021 Deal Maker pitch program at Hot Docs Festival.

Thank you to this year’s selection committee: Margje De Koning (Movies that Matter), Jess Kwan (Fork Films), Jason Ryle (Consultant/Producer), Dorota Lech (Hot Docs), Madelaine Russo (Hot Docs). Note: committee members attached to submitted projects recuse themselves from deliberations for those projects,


ANOTHER BODY
Production Company: Willa Productions (USA)
Directors: Sophie Compton, Reuben Hamlyn
Producer: Elizabeth Woodward

BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY
Production Company: Oya Media Group Inc. (Canada)
Director: Alison Duke
Producers: Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George
Executive Producer: Moss Raxlen

COEXISTENCE MY ASS!
Production Companies: SocDoc Studios (USA), Homegrown Docs (Israel)
Director: Amber Fares
Producers: Amber Fares, Rachel Leah Jones

CREDIBLE FEAR
Production Company: Sad Donut Films LLC (USA)
Director: Gabrielle Ewing

DRIVING INTO THE STORM
Production Companies: Temjin Co., Ltd. (Japan), pictures dept, co., ltd. (Japan) Director: Tenji Takakura
Producer: Yuko Shiomaki
Executive Producer: Takahito Kanegawa

THE EYES OF DANTE
Production Companies: Doc Art srl (Italy), Leonardo Film (Germany)
Director: Adolfo Conti
Producers: Amalia Carandini, Ilaria Sbarigia, Elmar Bartlmae

FIVE FOOTBALL DREAMS
Production Company: Bayt Al Shawareb (Jordan)
Directors: Bassel Ghandour, Yasmina Karajah
Producer & Executive Producer: Hashem Sabbagh
Producers: Sawsan Asfari. Iyad Zawaideh, Alaa Khasawneh

FRAGMENTS OF ICE
Production Company: Tabor LTD (Ukraine)
Director: Maria Stoianova
Producers: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi

GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS
Production Companies: Patchwork Productions (UK), Zulutango (UK)
Director: Sankha Guha
Producer: Christine Hartland

GIVE IT A SHOT
Production Company: Coast to Coast Films LLC (USA)
Director: Vaishali Sinha
Producers: Vaishali Sinha, Hemang Chheda, Sanjana Gaind

HOME IS SOMEWHERE ELSE
Production Company: Brinca Animation Studio (Mexico)
Directors: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos
Producer: Carlos Hagerman
Executive Producers: Martha Sosa, Carolina Coppel, Andrew Houchens

I, POPPY
Production Companies: Unek Films (India), La Fabrica Nocturna Cinema (France)
Director: Vivek Chaudhary
Producers: Vivek Chaudhary, Xavier Rocher

IN THE WAKE
Production Companies: Lantern Films Inc. (Canada), Experimental Forest Films Inc. (Canada)
Director: Lyana Patrick
Producers: Jessica Hallenbeck, Tyler Hagan

LA MINA
Production Company: HitPlay Productions Inc. (Canada)
Directors: Nadine Pequeneza, Carla Molina
Producer: Nadine Pequeneza
Executive Producer: Ricardo Acosta, Nadine Pequeneza

LET THE WORLD SLIP
Production Companies: Sorauren Pictures (Canada), Mantaray Film AB (Sweden)
Director: Edmund Stenson
Producers: Felicity Justrabo, Stina Gardell

LIFE IS ABOUT LOSING EVERYTHING
Production Company: Schalten und Walten GbR (Germany)
Directors: Stefan Ramírez Pérez, Benjamin Ramírez Pérez
Producers: Miriam Gossing, Lina Sieckmann

MKO: WAITING FOR MR. PRESIDENT
Production Company: O2A Media (USA)
Director: Ose Oyamendan
Producers: Veronique Bernard, Ose Oyamendan
Executive Producer: Mark Jonathan Harris

MY CHILDHOOD, MY COUNTRY – TWENTY YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN
Production Company: Seventh Art Productions (UK)
Director: Phil Grabsky, Shoaib Sharifi
Producers: Phil Grabsky, Amanda Wilkie, Shoaib Sharifi

MY GENIE
Production Company: Hiharbor Pictures (Korea)
Director: Hyuckjee Park
Producer: Hyuckjee Park

NO MERCY – THE FEMALE GAZE
Production Company: Tondowski Films GbR (Germany)
Director: Isa Willinger
Producers: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski

OLE MI COÑO – THE RIPOSTE TO DIGITAL VIOLENCE
Production Companies: Gadea Films (Spain), Ringo Media (Spain)
Director: Patricia Franquesa
Producers: Patricia Franquesa, Mireia Graell

RESIDENT ORCA
Production Company: Everyday Films Inc. (Canada)
Directors: Sarah Sharkey Pearce, Simon Schneider
Executive Producers: Sarah Sharkey Pearce, Simon Schneider, Lynne Kirby

RIVER OF GRASS
Production Company: River of Grass, LLC (USA)
Director: Sasha Wortzel
Producer: Danielle Varga

SCIENCE FICTION
Production Companies: Primo International Content S.L. (Spain), Nanouk Films S.L. (Spain), Exile Concepts LLC (USA)
Directors: Francisco Forbes, Ferran Romeu, Matthew Barton
Producers: Inés Massa, Salvador Sunyer
Executive Producers: Inés Massa, Salvador Sunyer, Miguel Tamayo, Arturo Sampson, Sergi Cameron, Ventura Durall

SEEDS
Production Companies: Brittany Shyne Interior Films LLC (USA), Walking Productions LLC (USA), Vespertine Films, Inc. (USA)
Director: Brittany Shyne
Producer: Danielle Varga
Executive Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY
Production Companies: New Decade TV Ltd. (Ireland), Hawkeye Pictures Inc. (Canada), Corrib Entertainment Inc. (Canada)
Director: Sarah Share
Producers: Nuala Cunningham, Aeschylus Poulos, John Galway
Executive Producer: Sonya Di Rienzo, Ciaran O’Connor

SINGING BACK THE BUFFALO
Production Companies: Downstream Documentary Productions Inc. (Canada)
Director: Tasha Hubbard
Producers: Tasha Hubbard, Jason Ryle, George Hupka
Executive Producer: Bonnie Thompson

STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS
Production Companies: Breaktide Productions LLC (USA), Multitude Films (USA)
Director: Jalena Keane-Lee
Producers: Amber Espinosa-Jones, Jalena Keane-Lee
Executive Producers: Jess Devaney, Anya Rous

STAR CA$H
Production Companies: Iceberg Film LLC. (USA), Submarine Deluxe LLC. (USA)
Director: Hayley Garrigus
Producer: Maya E. Rudolph
Executive Producer: Ben Braun

STOLEN TIME
Production Companies: Intuitive Pictures Inc. (Canada), National Film Board of Canada (Canada)
Director: Helene Klodawsky
Producers: Ina Fichman, Ariel Nasr

THEFT OF FIRE
Production Companies: Intuitive Pictures Inc. (Canada), Made in Palestine (Palestine/Jordan)
Director: Amer Shomali
Producers: Ina Fichman, Rashid Abdelhamid

THE UNTITLED 19TH NEWS FILM Production Company: Four Pillars Films LLC (USA)
Directors: Heather Courtney, Chelsea Hernandez
Producers: Heather Courtney, Chelsea Hernandez, Diane Quon
Executive Producers: Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson, Jacqueline Olive

UNTITLED SAM PROJECT
Production Company: I KNOW FILM LLC (USA)
Director: Nadav Kurtz
Producers: Diane Quon, Nadav Kurtz
Executive Producer: Jeremy Yaches, Jeremiah Zagar, Abby Lynn Kang Davis

WE WANT TO NEGOTIATE
Production Company: Capital K Pictures LLC (USA)
Director: Sofian Khan
Producers: Sofian Khan, Jessie Motts, Joel Simon

WHEN I WAS A TERRORIST
Production Companies: Polar Star Films, S.L. (Spain), The Big Story Films, S.L. (Spain)
Directors: Mayte Carrasco, Marcel Mettelsiefen
Producers: Carles Brugueras, Marieke van den Bersselaar, Mayte Carrasco

YINTAH
Production Company: Yintah Films Ltd. (Wet’suwet’en Territory)
Director: Michael Toledano
Producers: Jen Wickham, Franklin López
Executive Producers: Bob Moore, Sam Vinal

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