Hot Docs is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Festival! Newly revised submission guidelines and FAQs are available
Film submissions to Hot Docs 2015 are now open. Please note that deadlines and fees have changed from previous years. Please review the below before submitting a film.
Please consult the submissions FAQ page for additional information.
SUBMISSION DEADLINES AND FEES
|EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE||DEADLINE||LATE DEADLINE|
|November 19, 2014||December 10, 2014||January 7, 2015|
|Short (1-29 min)||$25||$25||$50|
|Feature and Mid-Length (30+ min)||$50||$100||$150|
Please note that HST taxes (13%) are not included in the above fees.
All deadlines are postmark deadlines.
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE – November 19, 2014
Online forms must be submitted no later than November 19, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Submissions to this deadline must be postmarked no later than November 19, 2014.
Online forms must be submitted no later than December 10, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Submissions to this deadline must be postmarked no later than December 10, 2014.
We strongly recommend that applicants submit for the early-bird or regular deadline.
Online forms must be submitted no later than January 7, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Submissions to this deadline must be postmarked no later than January 7, 2015.
WHAT DOES MY SUBMISSION FEE INCLUDE?
All fees outlined above include:
Please note: Although inclusion in both of The Doc Shop markets is covered in the fees outlined above, you must also opt-in to both of these markets during the submission process.
In addition, the Festival submission and market fee covers the administrative expenses related to cataloguing, previewing and digitizing each work.
Submission fees are non-refundable.
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:
Submissions to the Festival are divided into two categories:
The origin of the majority of the film’s financing and/or the film’s key crew members, which can also include the location of significant production support.
Rough Cuts/Fine Cuts
Rough/Fine Cuts: The Festival will only accept one cut of each film for programming consideration. If needed, Hot Docs will request an updated version and will contact those applicants directly.
Made in… Program
Each Festival, Hot Docs presents a program showcasing recent films from a selected country or region.
Applicants will be notified of programming decisions via email by the end of March 2015. 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.
No screeners or application materials will be returned. Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
Hot Docs is also BAFTA-recognised festival, acknowledged to be one of the most trusted and respected arbiters of excellence in the art of short filmmaking. Shorts screened at Hot Docs fulfill an important eligibility criterion for entry to the BAFTA British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION
For officially selected films, Hot Docs aims to provide as much support as possible to filmmakers attending the Festival:
Step 1: Online Submission Form & Payment
To submit your film for consideration, you must complete and submit Hot Docs’ online submission form.
If interested in The Festival Doc Shop and The Doc Shop Online, please mark the appropriate boxes noted in the Terms and Conditions section of the entry form.
At the end of the form, you will be asked to make a credit card payment. All major credit cards are accepted.
Step 2: Send Us Your Screeners
You must submit two clearly labeled DVD copies of your film for preview screening purposes. All formats and regions are accepted. Please make sure to test out your DVD screeners in a commercial DVD player. We do not require a printed version of the online form.
All submissions must be sent prepaid. The Festival will not accept collect or C.O.D. shipments.
Hot Docs will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage.
Please note: Hot Docs does not accept international shipments via United Parcel Services (UPS) since this courier does not deliver international duty-free shipments to Toronto.
SUBMIT YOUR FILM
2015 SUBMISSION FORM
Submission guidelines for Hot Docs are subject to change. Hot Docs reserves the right to rule on all issues not expressly covered in these guidelines.