HotDocs Toronto International Documentary Festival

Date :Apr 23, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Cities : Toronto, Canada


Festival Details

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    Hot Docs Festival is an annual, Canadian, charitable event, based in Toronto. It is dedicated to celebrating the art of documentary. It offers a stage for both home grown and international documentaries. Beyond the screenings, it offers professional development, marketplace and networking opportunities for documentary makers. The festival is open to the public and in 2014, played host to 192,000 attendees.

    The Hot Docs is a vibrant mix of public and professional films and events. It is the largest festival of its type in North America. Its mission is to “advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.” In 2015 it runs from April 23 - May 3, 2015, and will feature Canadian and international competitive programs, an international documentary market, The Doc Shop, and the Hot Docs Forum (April 29 & 30). In 2014, the conference and marketplace attracted over 2000 industry delegates from around the world, including documentary filmmakers, buyers, programmers, distributors and commissioning editors.

    Founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada, it filled a void left by the Grierson Seminar. Initially, it was a promotional vehicle for the organization’s filmmakers. In 1998, it was put on a more professional footing by Chris McDonald, formerly of the Canadian Film Centre. It remains largely run by committed volunteers who are responsible for the smooth running of the festival. In 2011, it revived the Bloor Cinema to become the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, giving not only a focal point for the festival, but a year around venue for documentaries and education. Hot Docs occupies Toronto's lively downtown core. King Street to Yorkville, the University of Toronto campus to Little Italy - are taken over by Hot Docs screenings, their audiences and international delegates. Beyond the traditional core festival area Hot Docs operates in the Beaches, Davisville and Roncesvalles neighbourhoods.

    Hot Docs presents 13 awards and $66,000 in cash and prizes to Canadian and international filmmakers. These include awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.

    In 2014, Award Winners included:

    • Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award - Grant Baldwin, JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
    • Best International Feature Documentary Award - WAITING FOR AUGUST
    • Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary - WALKING UNDER WATER
    • Best Mid-Length Documentary Award - KINGS OF THE WIND & ELECTRIC QUEENS

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CraveTV Hot Docs Box Office

2 Bloor Street West, Cumberland Terrace – Main Level

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416.637.5150

Hours: March 17 - April 22: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (week days); 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (weekends)

April 23 - May 3: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Venue Details

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Bloor Hot Docs Theatre

Address :506 Bloor St. W., Toronto

#Phone :416.637.3123

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Isabel Bader Theatre

Address :93 Charles Street West, Toronto

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Scotiabank Theatre

Address :259 Richmond Street West, Toronto

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TIFF Bell Lightbox

Address :350 King Street West, Toronto

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The Royal

Address :608 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4

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Hart House Theatre

Address :7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

#Phone :416.978.2452

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ROM Theatre

Address :100 Queens Park, Toronto

#Phone :416.586.8000

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Innis Town Hall

Address :2 Sussex Ave., Toronto

#Phone :416.978.4145

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Fox Theatre

Address :2236 Queen St E., Toronto

#Phone :416.691.7330

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Kingsway Theatre

Address :3030 Bloor St. W., Toronto

#Phone :416.232.1939

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The Regent Theatre

Address : 551 Mt Pleasant Rd., Toronto

#Phone :416.480.9884

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The Revue

Address :400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

#Phone :416.531.9950

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Rogers Industry Centre / Victoria College

Address : 73 Queens Park Crescent E, Toronto

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Northrop Frye Hall

Address :73 Queen’s Park Crescent East, toronto

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Volunteers are essential for the smooth operation of the Hot Docs Festival and our year-round activities, like the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Doc Soup, and special events.

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Want to Submit a Film Here?Click Here

Film submissions to Hot Docs 2015 are now open. Please note that deadlines and fees have changed from previous years.