Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook (pictured) is leaving the organization after four years.
Cook is exiting to pursue a new job opportunity “at the intersection of documentary film production and curation,” according to a statement from the Toronto-based documentary festival, which just wrapped up its 22nd annual edition in April.
Cook joined Hot Docs in 2011, and will officially leave at the end of May. A replacement will be hired this summer, and Cook will remain involved in the transition process. A search for Cook’s successor will start in early June.
During her time at Hot Docs, Cook introduced the festival’s Nightvision and Redux programs, organized tribute retrospectives for Patricio Guzman, Les Blank, Adam Curtis and Michel Brault, and oversaw national spotlights on Poland, Denmark and India.
Prior to Hot Docs, Cook worked for the BBC doc strand ‘Storyville,’ as a programmer for the Edinburgh Film Festival and as the head of film programming for London’s Frontline Club in London.
“Charlotte’s intelligence, programming instincts and exhaustive work have helped Hot Docs achieve its most successful festivals over the past four years,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie in a statement. “Her focus on smart films for engaged audiences has resonated and proven that big ideas and documentary subjects can become stars of a festival, too – even if they don’t appear on Hollywood marquees. This year was a high watermark for the diversity of the program, especially with regard to filmmakers and subject matter, and she richly deserves kudos for these efforts.”
(From Playback Daily, with files from Kevin Ritchie and Barry Walsh)