Hot Docs introduces matchmaking programs

The annual Canadian documentary film festival will offer industry delegates with works-in-progress and finished projects opportunities to connect with buyers and festival programmers through its Hot Docs Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous programs.
February 14, 2013

Hot Docs is introducing two new programs to connect filmmakers with works-in-progress and finished projects to buyers.

During this year’s festival, registered industry delegates with a project in development, production or completion can sign up for the Hot Docs Deal Maker, a realscreen-sponsored pitch-meeting program. In addition, those with finished projects or rough cuts can apply for Distribution Rendezvous, which will set up pre-arranged meetings with buyers.

“These two programs aim to connect the wealth of fantastic projects with an expanded network of broadcasters, buyers and agents,” said Hot Docs’ industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw in a statement. “Deal Maker is designed for projects seeking finance, highlighting smart science and history, while Distribution Rendezvous is focused on completed or nearly finished works ready for exhibition.”

Hot Docs Deal Maker will arrange one-on-one meetings between 50 delegates and commissioning editors and film financiers, while Distribution Rendezvous sets up meetings between filmmakers and distributors, sales agents and festival programmers, followed by a networking opportunity.

The deadlines to apply to Hot Docs Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous are March 14 and April 2, respectively. Applications will be accepted starting February 19. Industry registration is now open at

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will take place this year from April 25 to May 5 in Toronto.

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