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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference, and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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The Sheik named as one of the top 20 audience favorite films at Hot Docs this year. So proud of our team.
MELNITZ MOVIES SNEAK PREVIEW OF  AI WEIWEI (2013) Directed by Andreas Johnsen Featured at Hot Docs and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Named Best Documentary of 2014 by the Danish Film Critics' Association Thursday, May 8th at 7:30 PM at the James Bridges Theater      While the…
Check out Mission Blue one of the Hot Docs. Sylvia Earle is an inspiration. have to find alternative to fish oil.
Avedon started as ID photog at Merchant Marine. New documentary showing at Hot Docs explores the power of the Mugshot
TORONTO – Documentary provocateur Joe Berlinger came to Hot Docs film festival this week not to bury James "Whitey" Bulger, but to strip away the myth surrounding the convicted gangster as a mob rat. The Oscar-nominated director, in Toronto for fest screenings of Whitey: United States of America v.…
Love is in the air big time! Finnish film Love and Engineering makes number eight on film critic Chris Knight's Ten to see list at Hot Docs. Also recommended by Moviefone, Dorkshelf and Huffington Post, among others. Screening May 1, 2, and 4.
Wrote a speech, shopped at Honest Ed's, went to Hot Docs, did my stupid taxes, got caught up on nurse Jackie and ate a Big Mac
Hot Docs -- the largest documentary film festival in North America -- kicks off tonight in Toronto, and here's 10 films we're excited to see.
This was a video I wrote and produced in 2001 after watching the Ken Burns documentary The Civil War. It was shown in the 2001 Hot Docs festival in Toronto.
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Officially kicking off my Hot Docs gig tonight, 22 screeners in hand!
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Hot off the press, virtually... Today's e-edition:
Pitch your project at the 2014 Hot Docs Forum! Applications are now open. Deadline: January 16, 2014
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Part 4 of our Doc Accelerator: Mentor Series is this Wed, December 4, 2013 feat. Tara Woodbury. Details:
I love docs on other people. Hot girls in docs. *** yeah
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Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption hot on the heels of Lord Justice Laws to criticise ECHR > full lecture here:
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Just being yourself, being who you are, is a successful rebellion,its at hot docs,in toronto,not sure but WILL
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Great Q&A with Greenwich Village director Laura Archibald moderated by John Einarson @ Best of Hot Docs
I have few few free tix for 6:30 pm directors screening of Pandora’s Promise @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema First come...
Have you submitted an application for the 2013 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Fund yet? Deadline: August 16th.
Bloor street. I remember taking my grade 10s on a field trip to Hot Docs in my second yr of teaching.…
Hot Docs Fest - William and the windmill, The manor, Life and crimes of Doris Payne ...:
lol. we have two film festivals here in toronto (TIFF i'm sure you know, and Hot Docs), that's all...nothin FANCY
The wildly over-hyped THE MANOR opens in Ottawa tomorrow. Review from Hot Docs:
A horror film that anyone CAN watch, and that everyone SHOULD watch.
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"I worked at Bloor Cinema BEFORE it was Hot Docs Cinema." LOL!
Some of my favourite recent Hot Docs got Emmy nominations. Congrats to
What happens when a co hiring only people with disabilities gets hit by the recession? We review a
old Bloor Cinema sign sits on display in the balcony mezzanine at Bloor Hot Docs theatre @ The Bloor…
with at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for Deceptive Practice doc about magician Ricky Jay @ The…
I saw bits of this whilst working at Hot Docs but wasn't able to see the whole thing. Looks amazing.
Magic fans unite at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema tonight! Get out of the rain and come see @ 8:45 p.m. in our cozy cinema.
since a few weeks ago when it was made for the hot docs film festival in T.O
A documentary discovers an American soldier in Vietnam 44 years lost Toronto (Canada), May 1 (Reuters). - For 44 years, the United States believed that the army sergeant John Harley Robertson died in 1968 in action over Laos, but now the documentary "Unclaimed", which premiered at the Hot Docs festival has revealed that Robertson has lived all this time forgotten in Vietnam. Robertson, who is now 76, was a soldier in the unit of Green Berets, Army Special Forces, married with two daughters, whose helicopter was shot down by the Vietnamese guerrillas on May 20, 1968 while on a secret mission over Laos . The U.S. military, which fought a war in Laos against Vietcong supply lines (the South Vietnamese guerrillas), was unable to launch a mission to search for survivors. Robertson was declared missing in action and finally, in 1976, officially given died in combat. His name is one of the more than 60,000 enrolled in the Washington monument that pays tribute to U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. But accor ...
FALL AND WINTER TRAILER from Fall and Winter on Vimeo. At this years Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, I had the chance to catch the beautiful documentary Fall & Winter The feature debut by Va...
Distributed by KinoSmith Inc. “Soulful portrait of a brilliant R&B singer.” – The Hollywood Reporter Official Selection, Hot Docs 2012 For decades he’s been Black Velvet, a soul singer scraping by in Brooklyn’s projects with small club gigs in the evenings and odd jobs by day. But 62-yea...
It's been over a year since Toronto's historic Bloor Cinema was renovated and revamped as a year round cinema for Hot Docs -- North America's largest documentary film festival. Playing nonfiction films almost exclusively, the cinema has proven in the 14 months since it's opened that there is indeed…
Maybe there’s a debate going on about whether we are, in fact, in the midst of a “documentary renaissance,” but the answer seemed self-evident at the 20th annual Hot Docs, that sprawling all-nonfiction festival that serves as a deliberately inclusive snapshot of current documentary culture. Among th...
Music film Muscle Shoals audience favourite at Hot Docs
Points North Documentary Forum 2012 Pitch Winner In Country Film was at Hot Docs pitching. They had a wonderful...
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Saw Lucy Walker's riveting The Crash Reel at Hot Docs last night, about snowboarder Kevin Pearce's recovery:
Fort McMurray's locals working in the controversial oil patch come together in song in Oil Sands Karaoke at Hot Docs.
A beautiful film about a wonderful little girl screened .last night -
Update: EyeSteelFilm is pitching tomorrow at the Hot Docs Forum.
Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight's SPRING & ARNAUD screens at 4pm - read our profile:
Catch up on the best bits from keynote speech at with this article:
Hot Docs Daily: The Ghosts in our Machine, Buying Sex, After Tiller: One week gone, but Hot Docs is going stro...
On Monday we'll be recording a Hot Docs specific episode of the podcast in collaboration with The Documentary Blog. Stay tuned!
After Tiller, a powerful doc about a complicated subject. -
that is heaven there u will love nothing not 2,1st day there fatboy hit champagne in the hot tub fell over £200 docs bill
Be sure to catch 15 Reasons to Live at -
Hot Docs is screening the WAR ROOM this Thursday at 7pm, and while advance tickets are sold out, a limited number...
I saw Declaration of War at Hot Docs last night - excellent work. Very powerful.
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Our friends at Project HIRED wanted to share with you their current "Hot Jobs" listing. Project HIRED is a...
I'd have overlooked Alphée of the Stars but for you. It's now my Hot Docs pick after seeing 13 films, thanks
Start your day with some coffee and snacks at the Hot Docs Networking Tent at Burwash Quad!
1 May 2013 Raoul Peck's Fatal Assistance makes the same point, although more artfully than some, and focused on
Hot off the press it's our May edition!!!
Hot Docs: Singing a song of Fort McMurray: At least that's what Oil Sands Karaoke director Charles Wilkinson (...
going to Blood Brothers on Friday. is tearing it up at Hot Docs, though.
Still haven't planned out your Hot Docs viewing schedule for today? We're here to help.
After Tiller deals with heated but important issues at -
See all the family craziness of High Five: A Suburban Adoption Story at -
I Will Be Murdered proves the trutch can be stranger than fiction. -
The first ever Hot Docs is presented in 1994.
My doctor never gets into Hot Docs. He thinks it's cause he wears glasses but I'm not sure.
What is it like to be in a band with your 8 brothers? See this film - Brothers Hypnotic.
did you get a chance to check out anything at Hot Docs this year?
nice! dragon girls is on my list too. I think christcore might not be a hot docs thing. i won tix off now mag :P
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has been kicking off! thank you Toronto for your amazing support! another brilliant review:
Be the first person to answer this trivia question and win two Hot Docs passes: What year did the Hot Docs Festival first begin?
Looks like our screenings impressed - they awarded us 4 and a half stars!
Yeah, it's on as part of Hot Docs. I think there might be a couple more screenings this week!
At the docs and people complaining "it's too hot we not used to this weather" *** it's only 14degrees!Guess it doesn't help with heating on!
DFI a proud sponsor of Hot Docs KICKSTART series... happening today!!!
Check out all KATIE CHATS interviews for 2013 TO: HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL (playlist): via
KATIE CHATS with Filmmaker INIGO WESTMEIER about his film, "DRAGON GIRLS," screening at the HOT DOCS FILM...
Hot docs festival in Toronto with the homie
My Hot Docs schedule tonight is TEENAGE and then donno. Still deciding.
Really enjoyed Muscle Shoals at Hot Docs last night and I'm always impressed by the hard work of the festival's 700-plus volunteers.
Is the logging industry good for See the film Forest of the Dancing Spirits
Hot Docs recommendation of the day: 'The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne'
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Hot Docs Review: Buying Sex This film is a great conversation starter. See it
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Hot Docs: Missing Vietnam vet's niece coming to Unclaimed world premiere
6:30 pm tomorrow, April 29 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema 2 Hot Docs hosts the world premiere of Site Media's new film, Spring & Arnaud
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This year Hot Docs (Canadian International Documentary Festival) is celebrating its 20th Year Anniversary!
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Five Fabulous Films at Hot Docs: … ) – examines the work of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson (a self-...
Wow! Thanks, Toronto Star! We're on of their 10 recommended films at Hot Docs!
Chi, a film by Anne Wheeler that I edited, is premiering at Hot Docs in one week! A review in today's Globe and Mail:
Ah yes, am allergic to exercise. Docs warn such patients shld avoid any form of exercise in extremely humid, hot or cold weather. TOI today
Me and are talking about hot docs again and I feel like that just happened
Yo Baldwin, the wife and I want to go to hot docs. Is there any stand out movie there?
Be sure to attend this year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, showcasing hundreds of North...
Check out Red Hot Magazine ...I have a photo printed on page 12 (couple walking) that I shot while teaming up for...
Bob Turnbull from Row Three gives us a preview of what's coming up at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary...
If there is any place you belong, it’s at Hot Docs with us in Toronto.
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Flight is booked for my first trip to Hot Docs. Really doing it this time.
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Can you believe it's just a month until Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival?! Here's a shot of...
Our new film, Spring & Arnaud, will have its world premiere at Hot Docs on April 29 at 6:30 at TIFF Bell...
Help a Black man out today and completely this: A survey on metric system, scientific literacy and attitude
OIL SANDS KARAOKE an official selection of Toronto's Hot Docs! "Fun, balanced and deeply human".
First Hot Docs Orientation Session is TOMORROW for all NEW Volunteers who have applied. Gearing up for the FESTIVAL!!
Care for a sneak peek at our hot new features? Add your name here and I'll be in touch! -Brad -
"I began to appreciate what the business is & it was quite different than what I anticipated" - Cohen via
I forgot the Hot Toddy & Tablet at bed time !! And an assisted shower in the morning ! I'll speak to the Brain Docs tommoz
The festival will have a short film on "Full Frontal T.O." (photographer Patrick Cummins:
jealous. There are no hot docs that I get to see at work.
Hot Docs celebrates 20 years with a celebration of its fans
The Hot Docs Film Festival starts a month from today (tickets & sched available now). Here's my preview -->
Thanks to here's the full South Asian lineup!
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Mark your calenders ladies and gentlemen, RUFF this year will take place May 8-9th at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! Hope to see you there! :)
Will do. Was hoping we'd see it in this year's Hot Docs' schedule, but doesn't appear to be.
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ah cool. lemme see if it is playing Full Frame or Hot Docs.
Tickets for the Toronto, Canada screenings of Bending Steel at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary...
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Hot Docs 20 started yesterday, but there are still 19 award winning documentaries left to see
Want to join the Hot Docs team? We're looking for 30+ people to help staff our box offices during the festival.
Hot off the press! Our annual review is here. Check out the great year we had (and some nice infographics to boot):
Liz Marshall's "The Ghosts In Our Machine" about the animals we exploit will premiere at Hot Docs:
Check out the April issue of It's hot off the press & features & more:
Hot off the press: the Summer 2013 live schedule for Emma Wells! Pls RT
HOT SPELL: S'pore docs seeing 10% more patients in past wk due to hot weather
Dana O'Keefe made a short film called "Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration." Was at SXSW, will be at Hot Docs. It is quite special. Great.
Documentaries on David Steinberg, Richard Dawkins to be featured at Hot Docs festival.
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A new documentary on war photojournalist Tim Hetherington will have its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs this April.
Hot Docs: SCOTUS relaxes requirements on police dog searches
Head down to THIS WEEK for our last few days of FAB Hot Docs
Hot Docs will present Debra Zimmerman, executive director of with the 2013 Doc Mogul Award!
Pillar hackers. Hot Docs cinema. Crean. Guthrie. These are your final four Superheroes, Toronto! Vote now for your
As a part of Hot Docs 20th anniversary celebration, we’ve created a timeline highlighting some important milestones. View photos celebrating our 20 years or view the full timeline.
Congrats to Hot Docs '11 film 2011 Hot Docs Forum project & on the shortlist!
After its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto and DOXA in Vancouver, the feature documentary "Who Cares?" is coming to Winnipeg on November 9 - 11 at 7 pm at Cinematheque. "Who Cares?" is politically relevant: Besides intimate stories ofwomen on the street, the film features the work of the invest...
Racking up awards from the Berlin Film Festival to Toronto's Hot Docs, and closing this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival at NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's CALL ME KUCHU, which follows a group of Ugandan LGBTI activists in Kampala (l...
It was an amazing experience sitting down with first time filmmaker Neil Berkeley and artist Wayne White at Hot Docs to talk about Beauty Is Embarrassing.
Distributed by KinoSmith Inc. Official Selection, Hot Docs 2012 “As powerful as it is heartrending.” – Exclaim For almost 40 years Herman Wallace, a Black Panther member falsely convicted of murdering a prison guard, has been kept in a tiny cell in solitary confinement. In 2001, when young ...
We’ve opened up the reservations for Hot Docs shows on Friday September 28th: 9:30 PM – Sarah Silverman Jesus is Magic (introduction by Mark Little) 11:30PM – The Aristocrats (introduction by Big Jay Oakerson)
Highly recommend the LCD Soundsystem doc "Shut Up and Play the Hits". Saw it last night at Hot Docs and it was a good time.
looking forward to having CHARLES BRADLEY wrap-up the Best of Hot Docs in Vancouver tonight!
Spending my night before our Best of Hot Docs weekend in Vancouver with red wine and Raymond Chandler. Not bad at all.
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Check out this newsletter snippet from Oscilloscope. Great films coming on the horizon! II. New Acquisitions: REALITY and TCHOUPITOULAS In other exciting news, we recently acquired REALITY, the Grand Prix-winner from last month's Cannes Film Festival. A darkly comic critique of our obsession with celebrity, REALITY is directed by Matteo Garrone (2008's GOMORRAH) and will hit theaters in early 2013. We also just picked up TCHOUPITOULAS (we know how to say it, but we're still learning how to spell it), the highly acclaimed doc that premiered at SXSW and has since begun the process of collecting awards at mulitple festivals (Hot Docs, Dallas, Ashland, and more). Documenting three adolescent brothers' night out in vibrant New Orleans, the film was made by Bill and Turner Ross (the directors of 45365) and the producers of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
You might know Adrian Grenier as the up-and-coming Hollywood actor Vinnie Chase from TV's 'Entourage', but what you probably don't know is Adrian's serious passion for documentaries. He was recently in Toronto during the Hot Docs festival to promote 'My Name is Faith', a harrowing yet inspiring stor...
Excellent news TORONTO – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced today that the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema has been added as a screening venue for this year’s Festival. The new venue will be used from September 7–16, 2012, and can accommodate approximately 710 guests. “We’re thrilled to have a foot in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood for our 2012 Festival,” said Bailey. “Screening at the newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is an extension of our valuable relationship with Hot Docs — we were happy to host some of their screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox during their festival, and now they’ll be hosting us in September. We go way back with the Bloor Cinema; in the ’80s and ’90s it was one of the Festival’s most loved venues. Now that Hot Docs has renovated it, we're looking forward to bringing some of that old Festival flavour back — but with better seats. With an emphasis on Vanguard films and documentaries, we think our audience will love s ...
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This Week in Rep Cinema features second run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and more. It's been an eventful week in Toronto, we lay Hot Docs to...
Congratulations to 'Peace Out' for receiving the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature at Hot Docs!
April 28, 2012 I went to a Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca) screening of Beware of Mr. Baker about Ginger Baker, drummer for Cream, and one of the greatest Rock 'n'...
I urge all Toronto musicians, esp. guitarists, to go see this documentary today. Last screening at Hot Docs. 4p.m. at TIFF Lightbox. There were tons of seats available when I went last week, but it is fantastic. Guitar prodigy on verge of stardom (landed gig to replace Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's band) get ALS. 20 years later, he is still making music -- with his eyes.
Traxxz 'World,' 'Kuchu' top dogs at Hot Docs - Film Festivals: Special jury prize went to 'Th...
Fresh from its best docu win at Tribeca, Nisha Pahuja's "The World Before Her" has nabbed Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs. The jury award comes with $10,000 cash and was one of 10 prizes handed out Friday evening at the annual festival's awards ceremony.. Film Festivals from the entertai...
another random thursday ...bank finds me long lost money, watch an inspirational movie at Hot Docs, chat with Adrian Grenier, bask in the sunshine...I live a blessed life!!!
Join fellow Canadian filmmakers, festival reps, film students & fans for a “symbolic moratorium” during Hot Docs on Friday, May 4, 12:30 PM to protest the Federal cuts to arts & culture in Canada. The doc community is gathering for a one-hour demonstration at the corner of Charles Street & Queen’s Park, Royal Ontario Museum stairs For more info contact Sarah Spring (sarahor Katie McKenna (katiemckenna
Hot Docs 2012 Jean-Philippe Tremblay on Media Monopolization, Julian Assange, and the Lamentable State of the Canad...
Every day, Moviefone Canada will bring you a must-see documentary from this year's Hot Docs film festival. Hot Docs runs from April 26 - May 6.
Hot Docs highlights 'challenging times' - There was a cloud hanging over opening night of the Hot Docs festival in T...
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Hot Docs 2012 starts today, check out this intro featuring managing director Brett Hendrie
As part of the global movement in support of the rights of Palestinian people, we call on Hot Docs to end its collaboration with Israeli state sponsored institutions.
Great review in about THE GUANTANAMO TRAP - opening today! Winner—Special Jury Prize, Hot Docs 2011:
I'm def. excited for Ai Weiwei at Hot Docs. Francophrenia, though, sounds demented (no matter how hot James Franco is)
Well, it's September 1st folks which means it's time to start thinking about submitting YOUR film for Hot Docs 2012!
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