Hot Docs unveils inaugural Podcast Festival lineup

Hot Docs has unveiled the full programming lineup to the inaugural Hot Docs Podcast Festival, which aims to showcase creative audio non-fiction storytelling. (Pictured: Science Vs. host Wendy Zukerman)
September 26, 2016

Hot Docs has unveiled the full programming lineup to Canada’s first ever international podcast festival.

The Hot Docs Podcast Festival will showcase creative non-fiction storytelling with award-winning podcasters, live podcast recordings, industry panels and listening parties. The event runs Nov. 18 to 20 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto.

Opening the festival will be Radiotopia’s Criminal, which won the Best Documentary award at the 2015 Third Coast International Audio Festival. The Canadian premiere explores the stories of individuals who “have done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” Host Phoebe Judge will provide live storytelling while Lauren Spohrer will score and mix the production.

Meanwhile, Dan and Jenna Misener’s Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids will seek out audience members wanting to share their “wonderful and weird” writing from childhood.

Also slated to broadcast at the inaugural festival are the world premiere live event of Under the Influence with Terry O’Reilly, which uncovers the secrets of advertising stories that tie together pop culture, human nature and marketing; the Canadian premiere event of Gimlet Media’s Science Vs., sees host Wendy Zukerman (pictured) wade through fads and trends to decipher fact from fiction;the collaborative world premiere of Radiotopia’s Song Exploder and Gimlet Media’s Reply All, which will break down one of Reply All‘s most memorable stories; and CBC’s Sleepover, which sees host Sook-Yin Lee tackling her guests’ emotional, physical and intellectual frustrations.

Elsewhere, award-winning producers Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime of CBC’s hit podcast Love Me will host the first-ever Love Me Listening Party. The event will feature a selection of stories from their favorite episodes about the messiness of human connection.

Gimlet Media’s Mystery Show, hosted by Starlee Kine, will explore the everyday mysteries that baffle her guests as long as the answer cannot be Googled. The podcast was named by iTunes as the Best New Podcast in 2015.

Wrapping the fest is CANADALAND’s culture podcast The Imposter presents Degrassiland. Hosted by Aliya Pabani, the experience will set out to explore the global impact of Canada’s teen television franchise Degrassi.

For more information visit the Hot Docs Podcast Festival website.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.