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Hot Docs Sets 25 Projects For Its Documentary Forum

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 6, 2009 at 8:58AM

Hot Docs has announced the 25 projects that will be presented during the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) on May 6 and 7, 2009. Recognized as one of the international documentary community’s essential market events, the TDF will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2009. This year's projects were selected from 160 submissions and represent 13 different countries. “The TDF is thrilled to present this 10th annual forum of dynamic documentary and factual content which will appeal to the international broadcasting community and most importantly, audiences around the globe,” said Elizabeth Radshaw, director of the TDF, in a statement. A showcase forum for over 500 leading industry professionals, the TDF is focused around a schedule of 25 pre-selected international project presentations made to a "roundtable of key international commissioning editors and an observers gallery composed of fellow producers, distributors, sales agents, funders and other buyers." Participating broadcasters include: ARTE, BBC, CBC/SRC, CCTV, Channel 4, Current TV, HBO, ITVS, MSNBC, NHK, RAI, Sundance Channel, TéléQuébec, TVOntario, WETA, WGBH, WNET, YLE, ZDF and others. New this year, the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds TDF Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the 2009 TDF. The winner will receive a $40,000 cash prize to go towards the production and completion of their project.
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Hot Docs has announced the 25 projects that will be presented during the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) on May 6 and 7, 2009. Recognized as one of the international documentary community’s essential market events, the TDF will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2009. This year's projects were selected from 160 submissions and represent 13 different countries.

“The TDF is thrilled to present this 10th annual forum of dynamic documentary and factual content which will appeal to the international broadcasting community and most importantly, audiences around the globe,” said Elizabeth Radshaw, director of the TDF, in a statement.

A showcase forum for over 500 leading industry professionals, the TDF is focused around a schedule of 25 pre-selected international project presentations made to a
"roundtable of key international commissioning editors and an observers gallery composed of fellow producers, distributors, sales agents, funders and other buyers." Participating broadcasters include: ARTE, BBC, CBC/SRC, CCTV, Channel 4, Current TV, HBO, ITVS, MSNBC, NHK, RAI, Sundance Channel, TéléQuébec, TVOntario, WETA, WGBH, WNET, YLE, ZDF and others.

New this year, the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds TDF Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the 2009 TDF. The winner will receive a $40,000 cash prize to go towards the production and completion of their project.

The TDF is a limited-seating, separately accredited event within Hot Docs requiring advance registration. Registration for the 2009 edition of the TDF closed March 20. Annual deadlines for submissions fall in late January and mid-March. The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival runs April 30-May 10, 2009. For a summary its programming, click here.

The complete list of projects that will be presented at this year’s TDF is listed on the next page.

The complete list of projects that will be presented at this year’s TDF

Armenia:
A DONKEYMENTARY: THROUGH THE EYES OF A DONKEY (Bars Media)

Canada:
ACQUAINTED WITH THE NIGHT (Markham Street Films Inc.)
THE GUANTANAMO TRAP (Xenophile media Inc. /Amythos Films Inc.)
LIVING DOWNSTREAM (The People's Picture Company)
SH*T! (Bedouin Viking Inc.)
THE TEAM (White Pine Pictures)
WHERE'S MY GOAT? (Henge Production & Consulting)

Canada/France:
SLED DOG SOLDIERS (POILUS D'ALASKA) (Ideacom International/Bonne Pioche Productions)

China/UK:
SHANGHAI TALES (SMG/DriveThru Pitcures)

Denmark:
ON THE BORDER (Cosmo Doc)

Germany:
ROCK HUDSON - DARK AND HANDSOME STRANGER (FLORIANFILM GmbH)

Iceland:
LAST DAYS OF THE ARCTIC (Sagafilm)

Israel:
THE LAB (GumFilms)
THE LOST LOVE DIARIES (July August Productions)

Italy:
THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE (Todos Contentos/Wilder Srl)
SIXTEEN (DocLab Srl)

New Zealand:
BROTHER NUMBER ONE (Pan Pacific Films Ltd)

Trinidad and Tobago:
ROSE, CALYPSO DIVA (Maturity Music)

UK:
MAKING A KILLING (Red Eye Pictures)
TERROR IN MUMBAI (Minnow Films Ltd)
TOWN OF RUNNERS (Met Film Production)

USA:
GOD IS NOT GREAT (Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing)
IN THE SHADOW OF THE GIANT (Bad Dog Tales Inc.)
MATCH+: A STORY ABOUT LOVE IN THE TIME OF HIV; THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE (Through A Lens Darkly, LLC)

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