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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.

Deal Maker 2024 will take place April 30-May 2.
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.

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 2023 edition of Hot Docs Deal Maker, 35 projects representing 25 countries pitched in 900+ pre-arranged meetings with over 120 decision makers. Of the 35 projects, 21 directors were BIPOC and 20 projects were directed or co-directed by women. Twelve projects were directed by first-time filmmakers.

Since its inception, 469 projects and 637 filmmakers have pitched in almost 5000 Deal Maker meetings.

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