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Hot Docs

April 25 - May 5

Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival Logo
Toronto, Ontario



Hot Docs is not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary and creating production opportunities for documentary filmmakers. It was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, it became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production.

Each year, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival — North America's largest doc festival, conference and market — presents over 200 cutting edge films from around the world. Year round, it supports the Canadian and international industry with professional development programs and a multi-million-dollar production fund portfolio, and fosters education through documentaries with its popular free program Docs For Schools.

Hot Docs owns and programs the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and the world’s first and largest documentary cinema. During the pandemic, Hot Docs launched the Hot Docs at Home streaming platform to provide audiences across Canada access to first-run documentaries and curated programming and events.

Inspiring change through storytelling

Our mission is to celebrate and advance the art of documentary by bringing outstanding films to our audiences and providing essential programs and opportunities for filmmakers.



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April 25 - May 5, 2024


Mid-Length - Feature & Episodic
Oct 19, 2023: $60
Nov 16, 2023: $100
Dec 14, 2023: $155
Jan 4, 2024: $175
Short (1-40 min)
Oct 19, 2023: $30
Nov 16, 2023: $40
Dec 14, 2023: $60
Jan 4, 2024: $70

Online form and streamable links must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the deadlines listed above.

**Extended deadline is ONLY available for either:

  • International feature films (66+ min) that are submitting as a world premiere
  • Canadian films of any length or premiere status

Visit the Hot Docs website for more information.



April 25
May 5
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y3 Canada
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