The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has today announced its full film lineup for its upcoming 23rd edition, including such buzzy titles as “Tickled,” “Operation Avalanche,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” and many more. The festival previously announced a strong slate of titles already garnering acclaim on the festival circuit, including “Sonita,” “Trapped,” “De Palma” and “Gleason.” From a reported 2,735 film submissions, the festival culled 232 titles from 51 countries to fill out their 12 screening programs. Hot Docs has also announced that work by female filmmakers will represent close to 40% of their 2016 program.
Of today’s announcement, Hot Docs director of programming Shane Smith said, “With films from a Festival-high of 51 countries, this year’s Hot Docs truly does span the globe, bringing Toronto audiences the best in documentaries from at home and abroad. With the expansion of our adventurous new program DocX into its own venue, an enhanced focus on short docs and the inclusion of long-form documentary work, Hot Docs continues to recognize and support masterful documentary storytelling in all of its forms. We can’t wait to share this year’s outspoken and outstanding program with Toronto audiences.”
Highlights from this year’s festival include opening night film “League of Exotique Dancers,” Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen’s cyberbullying-centric “Audrie & Daisy,” Ezra Edelman’s saga-spanning “O.J. Simpson: Made in America” and the Canadian premiere of Matt Johnson’s wild “Operation Avalanche.” The festival boasts a wide range of sections, including DocX (their interdisciplinary section), the Nightvision series and a number of slates dedicated to specific areas of the globe, including Australia and Canada.
Additionally, this year’s Hot Docs will present two retrospective programs: Focus On Rosie Dransfeld, a mid-career retrospective of the filmmaker’s work, and the Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective, honoring the timeless work of documentary filmmaker Steve James.
You can check out the complete lineup, along with scheduling and ticketing information, on the festival’s official website.