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First Glimpse at New Experience for 2024 Conference and Market

Hot Docs is proud to announce its 2024 Industry Conference and Market, set to unfold at Toronto’s historic Hart House from April 29 to May 2, as part of Hot Docs Festival 2024, running from April 25 to May 5. Register now >>

This year, in response to the ever-evolving documentary landscape and the current needs of filmmakers of all levels, Hot Docs launched the new All-IN pass, a streamlined Industry all-access pass that moves away from the traditional tiered system and provides enhanced convenience, accessibility and value; contributing to a Festival experience that is both richer and more impactful. Additionally, Hot Docs is centralizing all Industry activities in one location—University of Toronto’s historic Hart House.

Hot Docs Forum, the acclaimed international financing event dedicated to securing co-productions and funding for feature-length documentaries, returns to Hart House on the mornings of April 30 and May 1. A diverse array of 19 projects representing 18 countries will pitch to international decision makers and members of the documentary community. Additionally, a Wild Card pitch will be selected live at the Forum, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event. The Hot Docs Forum is generously supported by Presenting Forum Partner Canada Media Fund.

Selected projects will also partake in Hot Docs Deal Maker, an exclusive one-on-one pitch meeting program, which includes an additional 40 projects. Deal Maker is supported by Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, and the City of Toronto.

The 2024 Hot Docs Conference and Market will kick-off with a Keynote Session featuring the highly regarded filmmaker, author and organizer Astra Taylor, engaging in an illuminating conversation hosted by Brett Story, renowned writer, geographer, and filmmaker behind the Sundance award-winning film Union. This session, open to both Industry and Public passholders, promises insights into artistic practices, sources of inspiration, political commitments, and navigating crisis.

The 2024 Conference will present the dynamic session Powering Stories and Recognition: To Kill a Tiger. Renowned director Nisha Pahuja, Executive Producer Geeta Sondhi, and the masterminds behind the marketing and distribution campaign of this Academy Award-nominated film will delve into a captivating discussion on the intricacies of crafting and showcasing compelling stories that leave a lasting impact.

The 2024 Festival Symposium, titled Doc Festivals and Markets of the Future, reimagines the future of documentary marketplace and festival spaces. It delves deep into their evolving roles in society: Who do they serve and in what capacity? What opportunities lie untapped? How can pitching forums and film markets adapt to meet the future needs of the industry?

Furthermore, the Conference will introduce Hot Takes, a new series of short-format sessions. Among the lineup for 2024 are two standout Hot Takes sessions: Pulse Check: The Documentary Landscape in 2024, hosted by Oli Harbottle, Chief Content Officer of Dogwoof. This session invites an open conversation on distribution, sales, strategies, and the future of the industry post the golden age era of documentary. Additionally, Being Your Editor’s MVP will be hosted by Xi Feng, celebrated film editor renowned for their work on documentaries like Cette Maison (2022), Caiti Blues (2023), and La Garde Blanche (2023). This Hot Take session will provide attendees with exclusive insights into crafting these exceptional works and share practical takeaways on best practices for working with editors.

The full schedule of Hot Docs 2024’s Industry Conference and Market will be announced on April 10, 2024.

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