Canadian international documentary festival Hot Docs has partnered with the European Film Promotion (EFP) to launch a program titled ‘The Changing Face of Europe’ during this year’s event.
The pan-European tract will showcase 10 new documentaries, each examining the current cultural, geographic, economic and political factors affecting Europe today.
Selected filmmakers will participate in Hot Docs-related industry events over the festival’s schedule, which runs April 26 to May 6 in Toronto. The workshops and pitches aim to enable the documentarians to expand their professional development on an international scale, and increase their film’s access to North American and international markets.
Formed in 1997, the EFP network incorporates 36 national promotion organizations from 35 European countries and works to promote and market European cinema worldwide. Since 2017, the organization has provided film sales support for European world sales companies to market films selected for Hot Docs, helping to stimulate distribution of European films to North America and beyond.
“The program reflects on the ‘new Europe’ with its current political and social changes; and shines a light on the rich and vivid diversity of European documentaries,” said EFP managing director Sonja Heinen in a statement. “The EFP member organizations have nominated an excellent array of films and we are excited to see the final selection curated by the programmers at Hot Docs.”
“By showcasing new voices and fresh perspectives with ‘The Changing Face of Europe’, we’re pleased to be able to introduce these films and their talented creators to the North American industry and to Toronto audiences,” added Shane Smith, director of programming for Hot Docs.
Elsewhere, the 10-day festival will present recent works from Mexico for its ‘Made In’ program.
Run in collaboration with the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the program will feature a selection of “bold, uncompromising and wildly imaginative documentaries” that showcase the creative talent at work in the country today.
The 2018 edition of the Toronto-set festival will mark the second time films from Mexican directors have been showcased in the program.
The Spanish-speaking country was last featured in the tract a decade ago in 2008.
This year’s programming titles will be announced in March.
Past countries spotlighted in the ‘Made In’ category have included Japan (2017), Australia (2016), India (2015), Denmark (2014), Poland (2013), Southeastern Europe (2012), Italy (2011), South America (2010), South Korea (2009), Mexico (2008), Brazil (2007), Japan (2006), South Africa (2004), and Taiwan (2003).
“Mexico is a culturally vibrant country rich with history and tradition, and we’re so pleased to spotlight its new documentaries at Hot Docs this year,” said Hot Docs’ Smith in a statement. “Now seems like a perfect time to further connect with, and explore, the dynamic stories being told by Mexican filmmakers.”