Brett Hendrie New Exec Director of Canada’s Hot Docs Festival

The promotion from managing director comes as longtime topper Chris McDonald steps aside to run the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto as president.

AMSTERDAM -- Longtime Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald is moving aside to allow festival managing director Brett Hendrie to fill the post.

McDonald, who held the job for 15 years, will take on the new position of Hot Docs president, overseeing the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, the festival’s year-round home.

Hendrie, who worked alongside McDonald for 10 years to take the festival into the international arena, assumes the day-to-day running of North America’s largest documentary festival and related year-round programming.

The handover was blessed June 19 at a board meeting for Hot Docs.

McDonald, having joined Hot Docs in 1998, has taken the festival from a small gathering of Canadian filmmakers to an annual public event that draws international doc makers and industry players, including for a key documentary co-production market.