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Hot Docs Deal Maker is a one-on-one pitch meeting program for producers seeking financing and distribution from the international marketplace.

The most compelling projects were pre-selected for these valuable meetings with key broadcasters, online platforms, funds and foundations, distributors and sales agents, and other financiers. Projects at all stages—development, production and post-production—can apply to Deal Maker.
Deal Maker took place in Toronto:
April 30: 3–5pm
May 1: 2:40–5pm
May 2: 9am–2pm
May 9: 8am–4pm (online)

Thank you for your interest! Applications for the 2024 Hot Docs Deal Maker are closed.

PLEASE NOTE: Distribution Rendezvous has merged with Deal Maker. Projects that wish to meet with distributors and sales agents, and have not yet closed financing, should apply to Deal Maker.

How It Works

Selected projects will participate in a series of 20-minute pitch meetings with the decision makers with whom they have matched.

Selected participants will request meetings with participating decision makers. Decision makers will review requests and accept those that are appropriate for their mandates. The Hot Docs industry team will also provide some curated matchmaking.


During the 2024 edition of Hot Docs Deal Maker, 40 projects representing 31 countries pitched in 900+ pre-arranged meetings with over 100 decision makers. Of the 58 projects, 22 directors were BIPOC and 28 projects were helmed or co-helmed by women. Thirteen projects were directed by first-time filmmakers.

Since its inception, 699 projects and 640+ filmmakers have pitched in almost 5000 Deal Maker meetings.

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