Following the success of its 1999 Australian Exchange Programme, The Hot Docs! Canadian International Documentary Festival is setting up another exchange this year with the Nordisk Panorama, an annual festival celebrating Nordic docs and shorts, which takes place in a different Nordic country each year. The 2000 festival runs September 20-24 in Bergen, Norway.
As part of the exchange, Hot Docs will send up to 15 Canadian documentary producers and directors – emerging and established – to the festival and to the preceding, two-day Nordisk Forum, a pitching forum for the co-financing of docs. Two of the forum’s pitching slots have been reserved for Canadian production teams, and the Nordisk festival is considering mounting a sidebar screening program featuring current Canadian docs.
‘It’s like a trade mission,’ says Hot Docs exec director Chris McDonald. ‘It helps stimulate international partnerships and it’s also a way to promote our festival abroad.’ The hope is that the Nordic festival will send delegates to Hot Docs, which is considering doing a spotlight on Nordic docs as part of the program, adds McDonald.
Last year, Australia sent 40 delegates and Hot Docs launched a spotlight that screened 10 Australian works. Hot Docs 2001 runs April 30 to May 6 in Toronto.