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  • Last year, the festival attracted over 2000 delegates, including documentary filmmakers, buyers, programmers, distributors and commissioning editors from around the world.
  • Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Hot Docs

North America's largest documentary film festival and conference, Hot Docs has in recent years stepped out of the shadow of its city's other festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, to become an international event in its own right. Held every Spring, the festival screens more than 170 films from around the world, many of them world and North American premieres. In 2009, the festival attracted over 2000 delegates, including documentary filmmakers, buyers, programmers, distributors, and commissioning editors from around the world.Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to "showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production." In addition to the festival, Hot Docs also began running North America's largest documentary market, The Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF), in 2000. Taking place on the University of Toronto's grand old campus, TDF is a limited-seating event focused around a slate of pre-selected project-presentations aimed at both buyers and sellers working in the social, cultural, and political documentary genres. More than 190 broadcasters and distributors from Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada, and elsewhere regularly participate. Hot Docs also runs a very popular monthly screening and discussion series, Doc Soup, at the Bloor Cinema (which is also a major festival venue) throughout the fall and winter.

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