Hot Docs has unveiled details of a revitalized industry conference for 2012, which will feature a keynote from producer Ted Hope and see acclaimed director Davis Guggenheim (pictured) in conversation with Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann.
The “Doc to the Future” conference will offer interactive sessions and “practical tools for working within the rapidly changing landscape of documentary filmmaking,” according to Hot Docs. It takes place from April 30 to May 4 during the Hot Docs festival, which runs April 26 to May 6.
Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and market director, said: “The Internet has changed the relationship between filmmaker and audience, making it more direct than ever before.
“Crowdfunding, digital distribution, and interactive content, all marketed via social media, mean that filmmakers need new tools and knowledge to effectively connect with audiences.”
In his keynote, producer and industry commentator Hope will discuss a career spent working “outside the system” and offer insight into the future of documentary-making, with comments and predictions for what the next year will bring.
Meanwhile, Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, From the Sky Down) will sit down with Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann – who, as previously reported, is to be the recipient of the 2012 Hot Docs Doc Mogul Award – to discuss her extensive experience in documentary production.
Elsewhere, filmmaker and media strategist Jon Reiss will host a half-day workshop and speak at a session, both of which will focus on navigating the changing distribution and marketing landscape. The conference will also feature a number of returning sessions, including an “International Co-Production Day,” “Kickstart,” “Micro Meetings” and the “Doc Summit.”