Hot Docs Announces Titles for 2016 Forum

The Hot Docs Forum is a major industry event.
Photo courtesy of Hot Docs.

By Pat Mullen

Hot Docs announces nineteen titles that will compete in the annual Hot Docs Forum at this year’s festival. The projects are a range of Canadian and international productions from 19 countries. “We want to congratulate this year’s incredibly diverse projects, which showcase a plethora of unique topics and extraordinary protagonists for the consideration of the community of decision makers,” says Hot Docs industry programmer and Forum producer Dorota Lech in a statement from the festival. The event is a keystone in the North American industry for developing documentary films and fostering new talents.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch. The winner receives $10,000 to develop, produce, and complete his or her project.

Additionally, The Cuban Hat Award returns to the Forum and aims to raise money over the two days of the event. Winners will be determined by ballot. The Entertainment One Mounties’ Hat Pitch, finally, gives Hot Docs Forum observers the chance to secure a last minute presentation slot during the event via draw.

The titles announced for the Hot Docs Forum are:

American Monster
Production Company: Yellowbelly Films, LLC (USA)
Director: Patricia E. Gillespie

Production Companies: Parabola Films, Little By Little Films (Canada, United Kingdom)
Director: Lindsey Dryden

Disaster Capitalism
Production Company: Media Stockade Pty Ltd (Australia)
Director: Thor Neureiter

Dolphin Man
Production Companies: Anemon Productions, Storyline Entertainment, Les Films du Balibari (Greece, Canada, France)
Director: Lefteris Charitos

Dozhd’, It’s Raining on Moscow
Production Company: Petit à Petit Production (France)
Director: Alexandra Sollogoub

Eating Up Easter
Production Companies: Mara Films, LLC, Kartemquin Films (USA, Chile)
Director: Sergio Rapu

Family in the Bubble
Production Companies: Documoon, Shangma Pictures, napafilms ltd. (South Korea, Finland)
Director: Minji Ma

Happy Winter
Production Companies: Indyca S.n.c., Zenit Arti Audiovisive (Italy)
Director: Giovanni Totaro

Production Company: Cynthia Wade Productions, Inc. (USA)
Directors: Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander

Objective: Change the World
Production Company: Structure Films (USA)
Directors: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg

Over the Limit
Production Companies: Telemark, Ventana-Film GmbH. (Poland, Germany)
Director: Marta Prus

Rules to Live By
Production Company: Little Darkroom Films, LLC (USA)
Director: Hope Litoff

The Accidental King
Production Company: Made in Copenhagen (Denmark)
Directors: Emil Langballe, Lukasz Konopa

The Judge
Production Company: Idle Wild Films, Inc. (USA)
Director: Erika Cohn

The Last Animals
Production Company: Atlas Films (USA)
Director: Kate Brooks

The Patriot
Production Companies: T.T.V Productions Ltd., One Man Show (Israel)
Directors: Daniel Sivan, Alon Sahar

Project Love – Working Title
Production Company: Pulse Films (United Kingdom)
Director: Tim Travers-Hawkins

Yoghurt Utopia
Production Companies: Chimerica Media, Massa D’or Produccions (United Kingdom, Spain)
Directors: David Baksh, Anna Thomson

Showgirls of Pakistan
Production Company: Nomad Films Inc. (Canada, Pakistan)
Director: Saad Khan

Hot Docs runs April 28 – May 8, 2016.
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