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Hot Docs Reveals First Industry Programming

Conference includes a recent Oscar nominee

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Fresh off an Oscar nomination for the feature documentary To Kill a Tiger, director/producer Nisha Pahuja leads the first announcement for this year’s Hot Docs Industry programming, as per a release today from the festival. She’ll join executive producer Geeta Sondhi to discuss the film’s marketing, distribution, and impact campaign. To Kill a Tiger, produced by Notice Pictures and the NFB, was picked up by Netflix leading up to the Oscars ceremony earlier this month.

The conversation will be part of the Industry Conference and Market, which will open with a conversation between filmmaker and author Astra Taylor and director Brett Story, whose award-winning documentary Union screens among the Special Presentations at this year’s festival. This conversation is also open to the public.

Sure to be a hot topic of conversation, meanwhile, is the symposium Doc Festivals and Markets of the Future. The session “reimagines the future of documentary marketplace and festival spaces,” as per Hot Docs, and invites attendees to ask whom festivals serve and how pitching sessions and markets can reflect an industry in transition.

Also on the ticket are new quick hit events dubbed Hot Takes. They’ll include conversations with Dogwoof’s chief content officer Oli Harbottle and film editor Xi Feng (This House). Previously announced were the Hot Docs Forum selections and Deal Maker titles. This year’s Industry Conference moves back to Hart House on the University of Toronto campus, back in proximity to Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Additional details about Industry programming will be revealed on April 10.

Hot Docs announced its full film line-up yesterday with Dawn Porter’s acclaimed Luther Vandross film Luther: Never Too Much as the opening night selection.

This year’s festival runs April 25 to May 5.


Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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