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Part membership, part donation, Founders Circle is an opportunity to make a meaningful charitable impact on the organization, while getting unique access to Hot Docs events and programming.

From $1,500 to $10,000 - includes tax receipt


At the Hot Docs Cinema:

  • In-person tickets per title in the Cinema, and two regular popcorns per visit
  • Free registration for two attendees to Curious Minds courses
  • A subscription to Hot Docs at Home ( where you have unlimited access to a library of documentaries curated by our programmers
  • In-person tickets to Doc Soup, and an invitation to a cocktail reception at the Cinema before the screening, as well as guaranteed access to Doc Soup online
  • Invitations to private Founders Circle screenings/events 
  • An opportunity to host a 30-person screening once per year

During Hot Docs Festival:

  • Invitation to Insiders Night. One month before the Festival begins, attend this special soiree to get the inside scoop on the best docs to see from Hot Docs staff and programmers.
  • Invitation to Sneak Peek. Two weeks before Festival, attend an exclusive preview of a Festival doc
  • Invitation to signature events and screenings (e.g. "Festival Friday," "Family Friendly Screening") 
  • A 24-ticket package for in-person screenings

If the Festival remains hybrid, you will receive unlimited access to docs screening online through our exclusive online portal.

Founders Circle Festival Expeditions

Founders Circle members have the opportunity to travel with fellow doc-lovers and Hot Docs staff to film festivals around the world. This year, we are going to the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam from November 9-14, DOC NYC from November 10-12, DocPoint Helsinki in February 2024 (exact dates TBD), and Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival from March 9-13, 2024. 

A participant fee covers all film tickets and group activities. Travelers are responsible for booking their own flights, and paying for their own accommodation, though we secure preferred rates at a chosen hotel. 

Founders Circle Levels

  • Advocate: $1,500
  • Benefactor: $3,000
  • Producer: $5,000
  • Director: $10,000

Questions? Contact Daniel Davidson-Kalmar


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