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30 Years of Hot Docs: Supported by Hot Docs

Hot Docs supports documentaries at all stages: from funding projects at their inception to helping films find their audience when they hit the big screen. Big ideas find their footing at leading industry pitch conference and market Hot Docs Forum, or find support in our production and development funds, including the Hot Docs Blue Ice and CrossCurrents Doc funds. Even after their premieres, Hot Docs remains a champion for emerging documentaries, helping them find new audiences with programs like Docs For Schools. With our Supported by Hot Docs series, enjoy four films brought to you in part by Hot Docs support. 

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Series runs Until May 24

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Living with Giants

A young Inuk teenager in a remote community, Paulusie Kasudluak seeks hope in a complex world where fantastic legends and harsh realities coexist. 

This gripping story captured audiences at Hot Docs Forum 2015, claiming the Canadian Forum Pitch Prize and later winning the award for Emerging Canadian Filmmaker when at Hot Docs 2016. 

In English and Inuktituk with English subtitles.

  • D: Aude Leroux-Lévesque & Sébastien Rist
  • Canada
  • 2016
  • 78 min
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After years protesting injustice and corruption in Kenya, political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi decides to run for office in a regional election. But as the contest heats up, he and his family’s safety are put at risk.   

Softie was made in part through the Blue Ice Docs Fund in 2017, which supports African productions and includes a year-long mentorship program.  


  • D: Sam Soko
  • Kenya
  • 2020
  • 96 min
  • Open Captions
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There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace

Just down the street from our Cinema once stood beloved Toronto landmark, Honest Ed’s department store. The rapidly changing area raises questions about what “affordable” means in a modernizing city.   

This homegrown film was a recipient of the Crosscurrents Doc Fund in 2018, which provides support to emerging filmmakers and subjects who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.  

  • D: Lulu Wei
  • xx
  • 2020
  • 75 min
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The Workers Cup

Through much controversy, Qatar successfully secured and is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Not far from the lights and star athletes in the arena live the 1.6 million migrant workers who built it.   

The Workers Cup has continued to find an audience at Hot Docs through Docs for Schools. This program curates documentaries online and in-person to engage students in current events. 

  • D: Adam Sobel
  • United Kingdom
  • 2017
  • 92 min
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