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Hot Docs Awards: Christian Einshoj’s ‘The Mountains’ Takes Top Jury Prize

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival awarded its best international feature film prize to Danish filmmaker Christian Einshøj’s The Mountains, a portrait of a Scandinavian family struck by a tragedy. Einshøj also won the best emerging international filmmaker award at the Toronto festival, which handed out its top jury prizes on Saturday. Hot Docs opened its 30th […]

Former ABC News/Disney Exec Marie Nelson Named Hot Docs Fest President

Former ABC News/Disney exec Marie Nelson has been named president of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Starting June 1, Nelson will oversee North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, as well as the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto. “For me, having the chance to link arms with Hot Docs was an […]

Joan Baez, Ruth Reichl and Indigo Girls Films Set for 2023 Hot Docs Festival

The folk music documentaries Joan Baez I Am a Noise and Alexandria Bombach’s Indigo Girls documentary It’s Only Life After All are getting international premieres as part of the Hot Docs Festival, which unveiled its 2023 lineup on Tuesday. Co-directors Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor and Maeve O’Boyle’s portrait of Baez, the American folk singing legend and civil […]

‘Images of a Nordic Drama’: Film Review | Hot Docs 2022

The first documentary by ‘Pathfinder’ director Nils Gaup traces one man’s mission to achieve art-world recognition for a long-forgotten Norwegian painter.

Hot Docs: ‘Eternal Spring’ Wins Top Audience Award

Jason Loftus’ Eternal Spring, an animated doc about Chinese activists taking over a state TV station to control the media’s message, picked up the top audience award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival on Sunday. The first runner-up was Okay! (The ASD Band Film), a backstage look by director Mark Bone at a […]

‘Split at the Root’ Director Talks Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy: “It’s Psychological Torture”

The Trump administration in 2018 may have begun justifying the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border to send undocumented asylum seekers to criminal detention and prosecution. But Emmy-nominated filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) just saw frightened mothers with their children — some babies and toddlers — […]

Hot Docs Fest Topper Heather Conway to Step Down After Five Months

Veteran PR exec Heather Conway will step down as executive director and co-president of the prestigious Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival in Toronto after five months in the post. Her departure on May 13 will follow Hot Docs’ 2022 edition wrapping on May 8. Conway, the former executive vp of English language services at CBC/Radio […]

Abigail Disney, Rachel Lear and Reid Davenport Films Set for 2022 Hot Docs Festival

Abigail Disney’s The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales, a documentary critical of how Disney and other big corporations treat their employees and co-directed with Kathleen Hughes, is getting an international premiere as part of the Hot Docs festival’s upcoming Special Presentation sidebar. The U.S. indie film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film […]

‘Acts of Love’: Film Review | Hot Docs 2021

In their genre-bending documentary, Isidore Bethel and Francis Leplay explore love, intimacy and the slow unraveling of a relationship.

‘Lady Buds’: Film Review | Hot Docs 2021

Chris J. Russo profiles six female entrepreneurs in California's cannabis industry, many of whose livelihoods are upended by the state's legalization of marijuana in 2016.

‘The Gig Is Up’: Film Review | Hot Docs 2021

Documentarian Shannon Walsh examines the human cost of the gig economy.

‘Dirty Tricks’: Film Review | Hot Docs 2021

Director Daniel Sivan examines a cheating scandal that rocked the world of elite competitive bridge, exposing that the world of elite competitive bridge exists.