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Hot Docs director of programming steps down

Sean Farnel (pictured) is stepping down as director of programming at Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, after six years in the role.
June 20, 2011

Sean Farnel (pictured) is stepping down as director of programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, after six years in the role.

Unveiling the news in a personal blog post, Farnel said he did not yet have a next job lined up, but was looking forward to having “some room to roam” and being a “free agent” for a while. Hot Docs has not yet named a successor for the job.

In his post, Farnel paid tribute to Hot Docs and the staff who work there. “As Hot Docs’ first director of programming my primary goals were to develop and instil a programming culture within the organization – having come from the world’s best at TIFF [the Toronto International Film Festival] – and to work with the team there to take a well-regarded regional event to the next level, in terms of both public and industry profile,” he wrote.

“Few, if any, international film festivals have enjoyed more growth then Hot Docs since 2005. Having just announced another record event, with over 150,000 admissions and a 24% increase in earned revenues, the festival has more then tripled its audience over the past six years.

“With that, Hot Docs is now a close second to IDFA as the world’s largest documentary film festival. The festival has become one of Toronto’s most significant and beloved cultural events.”

Prior to joining Hot Docs, Farnel programmed documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival for six years.

 

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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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