By Aaron Bogert | Indiewire March 1, 2012 at 12:7PM
The Hot Docs Festival has announced this year's annual documentary film conference, Doc to the Future. This year's conference will focus on how the internet is rapidly changing the ways in which documentary filmmakers and audiences are able to interact.
The opening keynote talk for the conference will be given by producer Ted Hope. He will be focusing on topics such DIY distribution, and how certain innovations and tastemakers have influenced the world of documentary filmmaking in the last year.
Highights of the conference will also include a conversation with "Waiting for Superman" director Davis Guggenheim and this years recipient of the 2012 Hot Doc Mogul Award, Diane Weyermann.
The conference will also be a hosting a worskshop with filmmaker and media strategist Jon Reiss. This workshop will be focusing on the rapidly changing distribution and marketing landscape in the era of digital technology.
The Hot Docs festival will run from April 26-May 6 and Doc to the Future conference will be taking place from April 30-May 4.
Full Press Release Below
Toronto, February 29, 2012 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce the 2012
Hot Docs industry conference Doc to the Future, an innovative
conference program that will offer interactive sessions and practical
tools for working within the rapidly changing landscape of documentary
filmmaking. Highlights of the Doc to the Future program include
keynote presentation by producer Ted Hope, director Davis Guggenheim
(WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) in conversation with
2012 Doc Mogul Diane Weyermann, and distribution expert Jon Reiss. Doc
to the Future will take place April 30-May 4, during the Hot Docs
Festival April 26-May 6.
“The Internet has changed the relationship between filmmaker and
audience, making it more direct than ever before,” says Elizabeth
Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director. “Crowd-funding, digital
distribution, and interactive content, all marketed via social media,
mean that filmmakers need new tools and knowledge to effectively
connect with audiences.”
Doc to the Future responds to this changing relationship by providing
hands-on professional development opportunities, practical tools and
solutions, and insight into alternative funding, distribution and
screening platforms. With a tiered program to cater to a broad range
of levels, from emerging to established filmmaker, Doc to the Future
features multiple access points from introductory sessions to hands-on
The conference will open with a keynote talk by celebrated producer
and industry commentator Ted Hope. Drawing on his extensive career
working outside the system, Hope is an avid proponent of innovative
ways of ‘doing’ from alternative funding to DIY distribution. A
working filmmaker who is firmly engaged in industry dialogues, Hope
will balance craft and business issues while examine the trends,
innovations, mavericks and tastemakers that have influenced the
documentary world over the past 12 months. In addition to outlining
the impact of last year’s significant developments, Hope will offer
insight into the future of documentary filmmaking, with comments and
hot tips for what the next year will bring.
Renowned director Davis Guggenheim will sit down with Participant
Media’s Diane Weyermann, recipient of the 2012 Hot Docs Doc Mogul
Award, to discuss her extensive experience with documentary
production. This conversation with Weyermann will offer insights to
her illustrious career, and will examine her philosophical approach to
documentaries and social action cinema. The session will also touch on
Guggenheim and Weyermann’s collaborations, such as WAITING FOR
“SUPERMAN” and the Academy Award-winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
Acclaimed filmmaker and media strategist Jon Reiss will host a
half-day workshop and speak at a session, both of which will focus on
navigating the changing distribution and marketing landscape. Reiss is
a consultant for numerous filmmakers and film organizations and author
of THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX OFFICE: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FILM
DISTRIBUTION IN THE DIGITAL ERA, the first step-by-step guide for
distributing and marketing films using hybrid and alternative
strategies. The session and workshop will provide valuable
opportunities for conference attendees to learn from Reiss’ vast
knowledge and experience with new distributions methods.
In addition to these key programs, Doc to the Future will feature
popular returning sessions including International Co-Production Day,
Kickstart, Micro Meetings and the Doc Summit. The conference will also
provide delegates with opportunities for one-on-one and small-table
meetings with leading thinkers and industry experts.
A number of limited-capacity, hot-topic workshop sessions will require
pre-session sign-up at the festival for registered delegates. The full
conference schedule will be announced in March.