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Hot Docs’ Sarafina DiFelice jumps to Netflix

Long-time Hot Docs programmer Sarafina DiFelice has joined digital streaming giant Netflix’s Original Documentary Group as a content acquisitions executive. In her new role, DiFelice will lead Netflix’s efforts to identify and ...
September 22, 2017

Long-time Hot Docs programmer Sarafina DiFelice has joined digital streaming giant Netflix’s Original Documentary Group as a content acquisitions executive.

In her new role, DiFelice will lead Netflix’s efforts to identify and acquire indie feature-length documentaries for global release. Reporting into Ben Cotner, director of Original Documentaries at Netflix, DiFelice will relocate to Los Angeles for the posting.

Most recently, DiFelice served as associate director of programming at HotDocs in Toronto, where she was responsible for executing the long-term strategy and planning for the programming department, as well as oversight of the creative and administration teams. DiFelice has been with the Canadian documentary festival since 2011, having served as programming manager over a six-year period.

“Sarafina was a highly valued and tremendous contributor to the Hot Docs team and we are thrilled she has exciting opportunities in front of her,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie in a statement.

Prior to Hot Docs, DiFelice was a programming associate for the Toronto International Film Festival between 2009 and 2011. In addition, she served as curator for the SVOD and channel SundanceNOW DocClub from 2015 to early 2017.

Led by Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentary & comedy programming, Netflix’s Original Documentary division has produced a number of award-winning non-fiction projects, including Ava DuVernay‘s 13th, Laura Ricciardi and Moira DemosMaking a Murderer, Orlando von Einsiedel’s The White Helmets, Ryan White‘s The Keepers, Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn’s Amanda Knox and Liz GarbusWhat Happened, Miss Simone?.

The news was first reported by C21 Media.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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