The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, market and conference, announced its complete 2008 programme today at a press conference in Toronto, Canada. A total of 173 films have been selected from more than 1800 submissions. Hot Docs will open with Sacha Gervasi‘s “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” while the separate Canadian opening film will be the world premiere of Sturla Gunnarsson‘s “Air India 182,” chronicling the facts surrounding Canada’s deadliest terrorist attack the controversial trial surrounding it. Other notable programming includes the “Spotlight on Iran” and “Made in Mexico” programmes, each presenting six titles. Hot Docs also will present a full slate of industry programmes and services for 1700+ industry delegates from Canada and abroad. The festival has announced plans to make its market, The Doc Shop, an onsite digital service during the festival, and to offer it online afterwards, making it the largest service of its type in North America. “For 15 years now this Festival has helped to celebrate the finest in Canadian and international documentary filmmaking,” said Executive Director Chris McDonald in a statement. “Our growth is testament to the quality of the creative voices working in this genre, and to Toronto’s wonderfully engaged and supportive audiences. We are looking forward to the next 15 years.” The festival runs from April 17-27, 2008 in Toronto. For full programming, please visit their website. [Peter Knegt]
Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.