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Preview: 2023 Hot Docs Conference Sessions

Here's a sneak peek at some of the industry conference sessions that will take place during the 30th anniversary Hot Docs Festival, taking place in Toronto from April 27 to May 7. These professional development sessions are perfect for doc professionals at all career levels. Register now >>

Co-Creation for Equity and Justice
Few artforms are as collaborative as filmmaking, even as the auteur theory has long centered the director as the primary author of a cinematic work. To address the erasure inherent to this outlook, this session will expand on the findings in Collective Wisdom, which underscores co-creation's ubiquity across our industry and its importance to the pursuit of equitable and community-centered nonfiction media making.
With Katerina Cizek (co-author, Collective Wisdom) and Kerry Swanson (CEO, Indigenous Screen Office).

Masterclass: Elizabeth Klinck
Hot Docs' 2023 Focus On honouree Elizabeth Klinck is a pioneer in the field of visual research, having unearthed the precious primary materials now featured in dozens of iconic docs. In this masterclass, she reflects on shifting artistic and legal approaches to working with archival material across her 40-year career.
With Elizabeth Klinck (visual researcher, AnthropoceneStories We TellWerner Herzog: Radical Dreamer).

DocuMentality Spring 2023 Research Launch
Having launched an initiative to normalize conversations about mental health in the Canadian documentary field last autumn, the team at DocuMentality conducted a series of focus groups to assess wellbeing among industry professionals nationwide. This session will offer insights into their findings, providing best practice guidance and testimonies geared toward fostering greater resilience across the sector.
With Malikkah Rollins (Director of Industry and Education, DOC NYC) and Sarah Spring (Executive Director, Documentary Organization of Canada).

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