Hot Docs opens call for submissions

The early bird firm submission deadline for filmmakers planning on submitting work to the Toronto documentary fest is December 7, with the final firm submission deadline being January 11, 2013.
September 12, 2012

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has opened its call for submissions for its 2013 edition.

Filmmakers aiming to submit work to the fest have an early bird firm submission deadline of December 7, while the final firm submission deadline is January 11, 2013.

As for programming, the festival accepts Canadian and international documentaries of all subject matter and lengths. All submissions will be fully considered by the Hot Docs programming team. For purposes of eligibility and awards consideration, Hot Docs uses the following categorizations for film length: feature film (60 minutes or longer); mid-length (30 to 59 minutes); and short (under 30 minutes). The festival also uses the following definitions for country of production or submitting country: Canadian submissions (meaning all films produced in Canada); international submissions (all films produced outside of Canada); and country of production (meaning the country from which most of the film financing was received, and the residence of the film’s key crew members, such as producer and director).

Applicants will be notified by email by the end of March, 2013, regarding whether or not their works have been selected. For more information on the process, including information on eligibility and film format, visit the Hot Docs Submissions FAQ.


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