Stream Hot Docs Hits on Encore+
By Pat Mullen
Stream some of the best hits from the first 25 years of Hot Docs. The festival announced today a partnership with Encore+, a relatively new YouTube channel that hosts a wide variety of Canadian content for free viewing. The channel is an initiative from the Canada Media Fund and features documentaries alongside feature dramas, TV series, and short films.
The Hot Docs partnership ensures that popular titles from previous editions of the festival will be able to reach more audiences. Encore+ will also host films that play theatrically at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Films added to Encore+ as part of the Hot Docs Collection include Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s mega-hit The Corporation, Alan Zweig’s Genie winner A Hard Name, John Haslett Cuff’s Actuality: The Art and Life of Allan King and the full 13-episode rendition of the anthology flick The National Parks Project. The channel will also offer another home for NFB films such as Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake, Cynthia Scott’s Oscar winner Flamenco at 5:15, and Anne Claire Poirier’s Tu as crié Let Me Go.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Encore+ to showcase these extraordinary documentaries,” said Brett Hendrie, executive director of Hot Docs, in a statement from the festival. “This new partnership will ensure these films are more accessible to a broader audience, providing more people with the opportunity to discover these fascinating docs and others included in the Hot Docs Collection.”
“Through this initiative and thanks to the international reputation Hot Docs has established as one of the world’s largest documentary festivals, beloved documentaries are given back to audiences by creating an online hub that further showcases and celebrates Canada’s stories,” added Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF.
The films are now available to stream at Encore+. Several titles including Kanehsatake and Tu as crié Let Me Go play on the big screen at Hot Docs later this month. Additional titles will be added in the coming months.