Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Call for submissions: Hot Docs, Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Festival. The early-bird deadline is December 7, 2012, and the final submission deadline is January 11, 2013.

They will also be accepting applications for the second round of the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds starting September 19. These funds offer filmmakers the opportunity to draw a $3-million completion fund to help filmmakers finish projects that have already gone forward, and a $1-million development fund to help get projects off the ground. The deadline to submit is October 17.

Submissions for the Hot Docs Forum will open in November.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

The 20th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival runs from April 25 to May 5, 2013.




Hot Docs accepts Canadian and International documentaries of all lengths and subject matter.

All Hot Docs screening programs are curated and all submissions will be fully considered by Hot Docs’ programming team.
For the purposes of eligibility and awards consideration, Hot Docs uses the following definitions:
Film Length
  • Feature Length: 60 min. or longer
  • Mid-Length: 30 to 59 min.
  • Short: under 30 min.
Country of Production/Submission Country
  • Canadian Submissions: All films produced in Canada [more info].
  • International Submissions: All films produced outside of Canada.
  • Country of Production: the country from which most of the financing for the film was received and the residence of the films key crew members i.e. the director(s) and producer(s). This is not necessarily the same as the shooting location.
Categories & Awards

Hot Docs features two juried competition programs, Canadian Spectrum and International Spectrum, and several non-competitive programs.

Selected feature-length films in the Spectrum programs are eligible for jury prizes. All selected short and mid-length films (except those in retrospective categories) will be considered by the jury.

All feature films selected for Hot Docs, with the exception of those screening in retrospective programs, are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

2013 Made in… Program

At the 2013 Festival, Hot Docs will present a program showcasing recent films from a selected country or region. The country or region for this Made In… program will be announced in November 2012.


Applicants will be notified by email by end of March 2013 if their work has been selected.

Final programming, categorization and slotting of films will be determined by the Festival programming team. Their decision is final. Successful applicants will receive this information in their official invitation.

If selected, the entrant grants Hot Docs the right to utilize publicity materials related to the production (e.g. press kits, posters, stills, etc.) for promotional purposes, to broadcast or screen clips of a maximum of five minutes, and to make dubs of their film for publicity and jury purposes.

No screeners or application materials will be returned. Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.

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