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By: Hot Docs | April 12, 2012


Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6. From 2,085 film submissions, this year's slate will present 189 titles from a record 51 countries in 11 screening programs. The Festival will open with the Canadian premiere of AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, an up-close portrait at of the renowned Chinese activist and artist, which will screen at the newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

The Festival will feature films in six annual programs, including Special Presentations, featuring award-winning films, celebrated filmmakers, high-profile subjects and special events; the Canadian Spectrum, a competitive program of compelling Canadian stories and perspectives; International Spectrum, a curated competition of diverse works from around the world; the World Showcase; a popular global selection of the year's finest docs; Made In program, a selection of films that champion the renewed strength and artistry the Southeastern European documentary filmmakers; and Next, a celebration of the arts, culture, music and creativity.

This year the Festival will introduce two new programs, Rise Against, a look at activism, defiance and heroism in the face of cultural, political and ideological adversity; and Nightvision, a new strand featuring future cult classics and creative approaches to filmmaking.

Additionally, Hot Docs is pleased to present three retrospective programs: Documentary Plays Itself, which will explore the craft of filmmaking; Focus On John Kastner, a mid-career retrospective of the Emmy Award-winning director's work; and the Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective, honouring the influential work of masterful Québécois filmmaker Michel Brault.

Also a premiere documentary conference and market, Hot Docs will welcome over 2000 industry delegates who will partake in a wide array of industry events and services, including conferences sessions, receptions and parties, Rendezvous meetings, The Doc Shop and the Hot Docs Forum, May 2 and 3.

The 2012 Hot Docs industry conference Doc to the Future, is an innovative conference program that will offer interactive sessions and practical tools for working within the rapidly changing landscape of documentary filmmaking. Highlights of the Doc to the Future program include keynote presentation by producer Ted Hope, director Davis Guggenheim (WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN", AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) in conversation with 2012 Doc Mogul Diane Weyermann, and distribution expert Jon Reiss. To register as an industry delegate, visit:

In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs has recently re-opened the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, which marks the beginning of a new chapter in the much-loved, century-old film house located in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. A long-time staple of the Festival, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will serve as the Festival's new home. The 727-seat venue is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. Continuing its longstanding role as a community cinema, it also hosts many of the city's independent film festivals and offers audiences some repertory and specialized fiction film programming. Visit for more information.

Hot Docs ( is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 26 to May 6, Hot Docs' 19th edition will present an outstanding selection of 189 documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, May 2 and 3, and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood.

Hot Docs is proud to include Scotiabank, Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.

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