Hot Docs

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Hot Docs
SINCE: 1994
WHERE: Toronto, Canada
WEBSITE: www.hotdocs.ca
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market.

Comedian Tig Notaro Documentary Kicks Off Film Lineup for 2015 Hot Docs

Comedian Tig Notaro Documentary Kicks Off Film Lineup for 2015 Hot Docs

  210 documentaries from 44 countries will be featured at the upcoming 22nd edition of Hot Docs, taking place April 23 to May 3, 2015.  The Festival will opens with the international premiere of directors Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s TIG (USA, 2014, 95 min), described as a testament to comedian Tig Notaro’s defiant spirit and incredible humor in the face of adversity. This year’s Scotiabank Big Ideas Series will welcome such notable subjects as: Grammy-nominated […]

Hot Docs Announces 2014 Lineup of 197 Films

Hot Docs Announces 2014 Lineup of 197 Films

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 21st edition, taking place April 24 to May 4, 2014.  From 2,435 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 197 titles from 43 countries in 12 screening programs. 

In addition to the opening night international premiere of Brian Knappenberger’s THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ, an inspiring and emotional portrait of a young Internet visionary, other notable films in the Special Presentations program include: Pavel Loparev and Askold Kurov’s CHILDREN 404, a firsthand account of LGBT youth in Russia; Anthony Baxter’s A DANGEROUS GAME, an explosive tale of everyday heroes battling against Donald Trump’s development plans; Chad Walker and Dave LaMattina’s I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY, a big-hearted tale of the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch; Jesse Moss’ THE OVERNIGHTERS, depicting a local pastor risking everything to welcome the desperate men migrating to a small North Dakota community; Cynthia Hill’s PRIVATE VIOLENCE, a beautifully crafted story exploring the fact that the most dangerous place for a woman is her home; Igal Hecht’s THE SHEIK, a personal and emotional tale of Olympic wrestler and pop culture icon the Iron Sheik; and Joe Berlinger’s WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER, which strips away the myths surrounding infamous Boston gangster and FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger.

Hot Docs Announced 14 Documentary Features to Screen at 2014 Festival; Incl. Films about Donald Trump, Big Bird, Wrestler Iron Sheik

Hot Docs Announced 14 Documentary Features to Screen at 2014 Festival; Incl. Films about Donald Trump, Big Bird, Wrestler Iron Sheik

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Hot Docs announced 14 documentary features that will be part of the Special Presentations program at the 2014 Hot Docs Festival, taking place April 24 to May 4. Packed full of premieres, festival award winners, works by master filmmakers or featuring star subjects, films on the lineup include the World Premiere of the anti-Donald Trump film, A DANGEROUS GAME; I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY about the creator of Big Bird; and THE SHEIK about Olympic wrestler to American pop culture icon,  Iron Sheik .

“DRAGON GIRLS” “WHEN I WALK” Win Top Documentary Films Awards at 2013 Hot Docs

“DRAGON GIRLS” “WHEN I WALK” Win Top Documentary Films Awards at 2013 Hot Docs

 

DRAGON GIRLS directed by Inigo Westmeier took the big prize – the Best International Feature Documentary Award at the 2013 Canadian International Documentary Festval aka Hot Docs. Dragon Girls follows three young female students studying and living at the Shaolin Tagu Kung Fu school, home to over 20,000 students, far away from their homes and families. WHEN I WALK directed by Jason DaSilva received the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award. In WHEN I WALK, director Jason DaSilva, diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis at 25, turns the camera on himself to document a seven-year struggle with the disease that has no cure and a world filled with increasing obstacles. 

Hot Docs ran April 25 – May 5, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

The full list of winners

Hot Docs 2012 Lineup Features 189 Documentary to Open With AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

Hot Docs 2012 Lineup Features 189 Documentary to Open With AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6, 2012. In addition to the opening night Canadian premiere of Alison Klayman’s AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, an up-close portrait at of the renowned Chinese activist and artist, other notable films in the Special Presentations program include: Bart Layton’s THE IMPOSTER, which depicts a lost and found boy who may not be who he claims; James Swirsky […]

Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners; Dragonslayer Wins Best International Feature

Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners; Dragonslayer Wins Best International Feature

‘Dragonslayer’ won Best International Feature and ‘Family Portrait in Black and White’ won Best Canadian Feature at the 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival. Nine awards and over $72,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival Award Winners: Best Canadian Feature FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE (D: Julia Ivanova; P: Boris Ivanov, Mike […]

Morgan Spurlock’s “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” to Open 2011 Hot Docs + Lineup

Morgan Spurlock’s “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” to Open 2011 Hot Docs + Lineup

The 2011 Hot Docs will open with the Canadian premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD (USA, 90 min), a “doc-buster” financed entirely by product placement, marketing and advertising. The lineup includes the Special Presentations program, announced earlier, which includes 27 feature film selections. World premieres include Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir’s DOLPHIN BOY (Israel, 70 min), the inspiring tale of a boy being healed by dolphin-assisted therapy; Dylan Nelson […]

26 documentaries to screen in Special Presentations program at 2011 Hot Docs

26 documentaries to screen in Special Presentations program at 2011 Hot Docs

Hot Docs announced the 26 documentary features that will be a part of this year’s Special Presentations program, a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award-winners from the recent international festival circuit, and works by master filmmakers, and featuring some star subjects. These films will screen as part of the 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 28 to May 8 in Toronto. Star subjects featured as part of the Special Presentations […]