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

Hot Docs Forum

At the 2022 Festival, 20 Forum projects representing 19 different countries and 26 filmmakers, 14 of whom are women and 15 of whom are BIPOC, will pitch to international decision makers.

A huge thank you to Hot Docs Forum producer Dorota Lech and to this year’s Selection Committee: Meghan Monsour, Jannet Nuñez, and Rupeshi Shah.

A Woman's Path
Production Company: Seven Spring Pictures (Iran), Lukimedia (Spain)
Director: Marjan Khosravi
Producers: Milad Khosravi, Stephanie Von Lukowicz
Golbahar is betrayed by her family and forced to abandon her nomadic lifestyle. Climate change, personal and political issues make the traditional migrating activities of the Bakhtiari tribe diminish drastically.
Brief Tender Light
Production Company: One Day I Too Go Fly Inc. (USA)
Director: Arthur Musah
Producers: Arthur Musah, Brook Turner
At the elite MIT, four African students strive to graduate into agents of change for their home countries. But what changes come from living in two different worlds?
Production Companies: CHUNK Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany), Avalia Studios GmbH (Germany), Tantor Films LTDA (Chile), Saboteur Media LLC (USA)
Director: Daniel Carsenty
Producers: Nicklas Krüger, Laia Gonzalez, Ingrid Bragemann
Executive Producer: David Kennedy
The new 36-year-old president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, will never be able to change his country by himself, but if he installs hope, the courage of his people to change their society will be without limits.
Heaven Through the Backdoor
Production Company: Mirabel Pictures 501(c)3 (USA)
Directors: Anna Fitch, Banker White
Producers: Heidi Fleisher, Sara Dosa
Part myth, part documentary, Heaven Through the Backdoor explores the mystery of death through the unconventional friendship of Anna and Yo, two kindred spirits born 49 years apart.
Untitled Labor Union Documentary
Production Company: Level Ground Productions LLC (USA), Oh Ratface Films (Canada)
Director: Brett Story, Stephen Maing 
Producers: Mars Verrone, Samantha Curley
From the perspective of a single Amazon fulfillment center, an intimate portrait of workers taking on one of the world's most powerful companies in the fight to unionize.
Let's Play Soldiers
Production Company: Let's Play Soldiers LLC (Qatar), Meem Square Films LLC (USA)
Director: Mariam Al-Dhubhani
Producer: Mohammed Al-Jaberi
Nasser is a child-soldier from Yemen who tries to find his place in his community in Yemen, where the on-going war forced him to become the guardian of his younger siblings' fate.
Life After
Production Company: Multitude Films LLC (USA)
Director: Reid Davenport
Producers: Jessica Devaney, Colleen Cassingham
Life After interrogates the contradictory political ideologies surrounding death and disability, while coalescing the missing voices of the disabled community in the contemporary debate around medically-assisted suicide.
Production Company: LBx Africa (Kenya), EyeSteelFilm (Canada)
Director: Nyasha Kadandara
Producers: Sam Soko, Bob Moore
A struggling migrant truck driver is torn between two worlds, a hostile foreign country or a return to the country that killed his father.
The Meteorite
Production Company: Vindelfilm AB (Sweden)
Directors: Isabel Andersson, Johan Palmgren
Producer: Johan Palmgren
What happens when a million-dollar space rock hits the earth? How does mankind respond to this magic? With war and hate!
Production Company: The Good Black Project (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), Viso Producciones SAS (Colombia), Multitude Films LLC (USA)
Director: Milisuthando Bongela
Producers: Marion Isaacs, Sonia Barrera, Viviana Gómez Echeverry
Executive Producers: Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous
Set in past and present South Africa, Milisuthando is a poetic coming-of-age personal essay on love and what it means to become human in the context of race.
Production Company: Iota Production S.A. (Belgium), Tag FIlm SAS (France)
Director: Jérôme le Maire
Producer: Isabelle Truc
In the Moroccan desert, torn between tradition and the promise of modernity, a young nomad witnesses the construction of the largest solar power station in the world.
Out of Place
Production Company: Filmilia AB (Sweden), Mohammed Al-Majdalawi EF (Sweden)
Director: Mohammed Al-Madjalawi
Producers: Manolo Diaz Rämö, Beatrice Pourbagher Garcia, Mohammed Al-Majdalawi
A coming-of-age story of Palestinians from Jabalia refugee camp who have now settled in Europe. Filmed throughout 20 years, the film reflects upon universal questions of personal change.
Quiet the River
Production Company: Shanghai Jiemian CLS Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
Director: Tiantian Wang, Zhizhe Chai
Producer: Kit Chung
China is implementing a 10-year fishing ban in the Yangtze River. Both fishers and law enforcement officers are thus caught in a whirlwind of rediscovering their place in life.
Red Herring [Working Title]
Production Company: Good Kid Films Ltd. (United Kingdom), Astrae Productions (Switzerland), Bungalow Town Productions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Director: Kit Vincent
Producers: Ed Owles, Dea Gjinovci, Kit Vincent
Executive Producers: Rachel Wexler, Jez Lewis
After a young filmmaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he enlists his family on an intimate and darkly humorous journey to help them come to terms with his illness.
The Making of a Japanese
Production Company: Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) (Japan), Cineric Creative LLC (USA)
Director: Ema Ryan Yamazaki
Producer: Eric Nyari
Intimately following 1st and 6th graders at a public elementary school in Tokyo amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we observe kids learning the traits necessary to become part of Japanese society.
The Queendom
Production Company: Oscura Producciones S.A. de C.V. (Mexico)
Director: Otilia Portillo
Producers: Paula Arroio Sandoval
Executive Producer: Elena Fortes
Three Mexican indigenous scientists—all women—partner with mushrooms to fight for their territories. This film combines documentary and science fiction to follow their struggle from both human and fungal perspectives.
The White Doctor
Production Company: Afrofilms International Limited (Kenya), Little Wing Films Limited (Ireland)
Director: Zippy Kimundu
Producer: Ciaran Cassidy
An American missionary stands accused of pretending to be a doctor in Uganda and being responsible for the deaths of children in her care.
There Was, There Was Not
Production Company: VernonFilms Ltd (United Kingdom)
Director: Emily Mkrtichian
Producer: Mara Adina
 There Was, There Was not tells the collective myth of a homeland nearly lost to war—and four women's resistance to that loss.
Time Hunter
Production Company: Waypoint Pictures LLC (USA), Topeka Pictures LLC (USA)
Director: Daniel Chein, Mark Mushiva
Producers: David Felix Sutcliffe, Daniel Chein, Mark Mushiva
A revolutionary agent is dispatched to steal technology from his colonial oppressors to use against them. Can he help his people without losing himself in the maze of the diaspora?
Without Arrows
Production Company: Without Arrows LLC (USA)
Director: Elizabeth Day, Jonathan Olshefski
Producers: Elizabeth Day, Jonathan Olshefski
 Filmed with verité intimacy over the course of ten years (2011 - 2022), Without Arrows chronicles the choices, events, and relationships that shape a Lakota family's legacy.

The Hot Docs Forum wishes to thank founding partner Telefilm Canada. The Hot Docs Forum receives additional support from A&E, Banff Media Festival, Blue Ice Pictures, C21 Media, Canada Media Fund, Canadian Media Producers Association, Chiledoc, the City of Toronto, Crave, the Department of Canadian Heritage, European Film Promotion, Front Row Insurance, Goldenberg Nahmias LLP, Italian Trade Commission, the National Film Board of Canada, Netflix, Playback, Ontario Creates, Realscreen, Rogers Group of Funds, Scotia Wealth Management and SODEC.

Hot Docs Deal Maker

From May 3 to 6, 35 Deal Maker projects, along with the 20 Forum projects, will pitch online to international decision makers. The 35 projects represent 21 countries, and 25 directors are BIPOC, 23 of the projects are directed or co-directed by women, and eight are directed by first-time filmmakers.

A huge thank you to this year's selection committee: Haya Fatima Iqbal (producer, director, co-head of the Documentary Association of Pakistan), Madelaine Russo (industry programmer of Deal Maker, Hot Docs), and Julianna Ugrin (producer and executive chair of the Documentary Association of Europe).

The 3,000 Project
Director: Keith McQuirter
Producer: Keith McQuirter
Executive Producers: Leslie Fields-Cruz, Sally Jo Fifer
Production Companies: Decoder Media, LLC (USA), Independent Television Service Inc. (USA)

Adrianne in the Castle
Director: Shannon Walsh
Producer: Ina Fichman
Production Company: Intuitive Pictures Inc. (Canada)

Baghdad on Fire
Director: Karrar Al-Azzawi
Producers: Jørgen Lorentzen, Nefise Lorentzen
Production Company: Integral film AS (Norway)

Baima Boy
Directors: Bingjun Ye, "Summer" Xinlei Yang
Producers: "Summer" Xinlei Yang, "Melody" Yue Sui, Bryan Glick (Consulting Producer)
Production Companies: Summery Productions (USA), Changsha Cinetopia (Xin Shi Tuo), Media LLC (China)

Breaking the News
Director: Jet Leyco
Producers: Baby Ruth Villarama, Chuck Gutierrez
Production Company: Voyage Film Studios Inc. (Philippines)

Bring Them Home
Directors: Ivan MacDonald, Daniel Glick
Producers: Daniel Glick, Ivan MacDonald, Sarah Clarke
Executive Producers: Lily Gladstone, Melissa Grumhaus
Production Company: Thunder Heart Pictures Inc. (Blackfoot Confederacy)

The Children of Noah
Director: Rachel Feldman, Lia Tarachansky
Producers: Marc Serpa Francoeur, Robinder Uppal (Consulting Producer)
Production Company: Lost Time Media (Canada), Naretiv Productions (Canada)

Confidential Policing Documentary
Directors: Charles Burnett, Nicole Lucas Haimes
Producers: Nicole Lucas Haimes Executive Producer: Lori Cheatle
Production Companies: Haimes Film Inc. (USA), Hard Working Movies Inc. (USA)

Drunkmen's Marseillaise
Director: Pablo Gil Rituerto
Producers: Bernat Manzano, Enrica Capra, Frédéric Féraud, Alba Lombardía
Production Companies: Boogaloo Films S.L. (Spain), Graffiti Doc SRL (Italy), Les Films de l'Oeil Sauvage SRL (France)

Eat Bitter
Directors: Pascale Appora-Gnekindy, Ningyi Sun
Producer: Mathieu Faure Executive Producer: Steve Dorst
Production Companies: Kea-Kwis Production (Central African Republic), Oaz Picture Entertainment (Central African Republic), Rad Angel Productions (USA)

The End of All
Director: Sun Hee Engelstoft
Producers: Rikke Tambo Andersen, Serge Gordey
Executive Producer: Peter Hyldahl
Production Companies: Tambo Film ApS (Denmark), Temps Noir (France), Beofilm ApS (Denmark)

Finding the Money
Director: Maren Poitras
Producers: Maren Poitras, Marc Smolowitz & Ines Hofmann Kanna (Consulting Producers)
Production Company: Hand Hewn Productions LLC (USA)

The First Plantation
Director: Jason Fitzroy Jeffers
Producers: Darcy McKinnon, Romola Lucas
Production Company: Gusto Moving Pictures LLC (USA)

Flophouse America
Director: Monica Strømdahl
Producers: Beathe Hofseth, Eline van Wees
Production Companies: Fri Film AS (Norway), Basalt Film (The Netherlands)

The Great Experiment [Working Title]
Directors: Stephen Maing, Eric Metzgar
Producers: Stephen Maing, Eric Metzgar, Farihah Zaman
Production Company: Chorus of the Union Films Inc. (USA)

Director: Sierra Urich
Producer: Keith Wilson
Production Company: Joonam Films (USA)

The Journalist and the Jailor
Director: Adithya Sambamurthy
Producers: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski
Production Companies: Tondowski Films GbR (Germany)

Looking For Satyrus
Director: Rena Effendi
Producers: Lana Slezic, Matt Fletcher
Executive Producer: Frank Giustra
Production Companies: Idle Hunch Ltd. (Canada), Jump Films Limited (UK)

The Missing Planet الكوكب المفقود
Directors: Marouan Omara, Tom Rosenberg
Producers: Mark Lotfy, Michael Henrichs
Production Companies: Die Gesellschaft DGS (Germany), Figleaf Studios (Egypt)

New Wave
Director: Elizabeth Ai
Producers: Elizabeth Ai, Tracy Chitupatham, Anh Phan, Diane Quon (Consulting Producer)
Executive Producer: Geeta Gandbhir
Production Company: New Wave Productions LLC (USA)

The Painting
Director: Laura Friedmann
Producers: Kyle Schmalenberg, Laura Friedmann
Executive Producer: Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith
Production Companies: Wrapped Productions Inc. (Canada), Play Media Management Inc. (Canada)

The Phantom Pain of Rojava
Director: Maryam Ebrahimi
Producer: Stina Gardell
Production Company: Mantaray Film AB (Sweden)

Director: Naveen Chaubal
Producers: Bryn Silverman, Darcy McKinnon (Consulting Producer)
Executive Producer: Faisal Azam
Production Company: Pinball LLC (USA)

Project Huizhou: Business vs Blood [Working Title]
Director: Crystal Liu, Yu Kung
Producer: Crystal Liu, Yu Kung
Production Company: Campfire Creative Productions (Hong Kong SAR)

Running with the Prime Minister
Director: Lexi Leban
Producers: S. Leo Chiang, Violet Feng, Betsy Tsai
Production Companies: Walking Iris Media (USA), Fish+Bear Pictures, LLC (USA)

The Sea, the Island and the People
Director: Chivas DeVinck
Producers: Chivas DeVinck, Eric Nyari, Charlotte Uzu
Production Companies: Dialogue Talk Inc. (USA), Cineric Creative LLC (Japan), Les Films d'Ici (France)

She Stops Herself to Look (Ella Se Detiene a Mirar)
Director: Álvaro Torres Crespo
Producer: Natalia Quesada Amador
Executive Producer: Álvaro Torres Crespo
Production Company: Dos Ruedas Producciones S.R.L (Costa Rica)

Sisters Act
Directors: Dea Gjinovci, Antoine Goldet
Producers: Chachi Hauser, Dea Gjinovci, Antoine Goldet
Production Company: Amok Films SAS (France)

The Source of Life (Te Puna Ora)
Director: Virginie Tetoofa
Producers: Riham Ezzaldeen, Kiran Jandu, Maruia Richmond
Executive Producer: Ciara Leina`ala Lacy
Production Companies: What Took You So Long? Inc (USA), Ahi Company (French Polynesia), Studio Lyra LLC (USA)

Southmont Drive
Director: Ashley O'Shay
Producer: Resita Cox
Production Company: AO Productions LLC. (USA)

To Use a Mountain
Director: Casey Carter
Producer: Colleen Cassingham
Production Company: To Use A Mountain, LLC (USA)

Up In the Air
Director: Oksana Syhareva
Producers: Oksana Syhareva, Nataliia Pogudina, Karla Stojakova
Executive Producer: Pavlina Muzikarova
Production Companies: Oksana Syhareva / Film Kolektiv (Ukraine, Czech Republic)

When the Rapping Stops
Director: Alison Millar, Alexander Jay
Producers: Jackie Doyle, Chloe Lambourne, Sam Howard (Associate Producer)
Executive Producer: Edward Watts
Production Company: Erica Starling Productions Ltd (UK)

When They Were Here
Directors: Ivan MacDonald, Ivy MacDonald
Producers: Ivan MacDonald, Jessica Jane Hart, Mridu Chandra
Production Company: When They Were Here LLC (Blackfoot Confederacy)

Words Left Unspoken
Director: Josiane Blanc
Producers: Josiane Blanc, Rayne Zukerman
Production Companies: 2738537 Ontario Inc. (Canada), Canada and IGP Productions Ltd. (Canada)


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