Hot Docs unveils 19 projects in Forum slate

David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg's Objective: Change the World, and Sergio Rapu's Eating Up Easter are among the projects selected for this year's Hot Docs Forum. (Pictured: "Science Guy" Bill Nye)
March 9, 2016

David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg‘s Objective: Change the World, about scientist and TV “Science Guy” Bill Nye (pictured), and Sergio Rapu‘s Eating Up Easter are among the 19 projects headed to this year’s Hot Docs Forum, an international documentary market and pitching event.

Selected from more than 200 international submissions, the projects will be presented to a round table of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates during the mornings of May 3 and May 4. Projects come from 16 countries, and are helmed by 11 female directors and 26 female producers.

Commissioners confirmed to date will hail from such outlets as Amazon, ARTE, BBC Storyville, Discovery Communications, CANAL+, Channel 4, CNN Films, Condé Nast Entertainment Group Digital, DR Danish Broadcasting, Fox International Channels, HBO, ITVS, ARD-MDR, MTV, Netflix, NHK, The New York Times’ ‘Op-Docs,’ Participant Media, Shaw Media, Showtime, Super Channel, Sundance Institute, Vimeo, ZDF and others.

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize will award CDN$10,000 to the best Canadian pitch at the event, as determined by a committee of non-Canadian, international commissioners on hand.

The Cuban Hat Award, meanwhile, will see money raised over the course of the Forum’s two days given to the observers’ favorite pitch, as determined by ballot. Additionally, the Entertainment One Mounties’ Hat Pitch will provide an observer with the opportunity to pitch their own project.

The 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival runs from April 28 to May 8 in Toronto. The following projects will be presented at this year’s Hot Docs Forum:

American Monster
Production Company: Yellowbelly Films, LLC (USA)
Director: Patricia E. Gillespie

Production Companies: Parabola Films, Little By Little Films (Canada, United Kingdom)
Director: Lindsey Dryden

Disaster Capitalism
Production Company: Media Stockade Pty Ltd (Australia)
Director: Thor Neureiter

Dolphin Man
Production Companies: Anemon Productions, Storyline Entertainment, Les Films du Balibari (Greece, Canada, France)
Director: Lefteris Charitos

Dozhd’, It’s Raining on Moscow
Production Company: Petit à Petit Production (France)
Director: Alexandra Sollogoub

Eating Up Easter
Production Companies: Mara Films, LLC, Kartemquin Films (USA, Chile)
Director: Sergio Rapu

Family in the Bubble
Production Companies: Documoon, Shangma Pictures, napafilms ltd. (South Korea, Finland)
Director: Minji Ma

Happy Winter
Production Companies: Indyca S.n.c., Zenit Arti Audiovisive (Italy)
Director: Giovanni Totaro

Production Company: Cynthia Wade Productions, Inc. (USA)
Directors: Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander

Objective: Change the World
Production Company: Structure Films (USA)
Directors: David AlvaradoJason Sussberg

Over the Limit
Production Companies: Telemark, Ventana-Film GmbH. (Poland, Germany)
Director: Marta Prus

Rules to Live By
Production Company: Little Darkroom Films, LLC (USA)
Director: Hope Litoff

The Accidental King
Production Company: Made in Copenhagen (Denmark)
Directors: Emil Langballe, Lukasz Konopa

The Judge
Production Company: Idle Wild Films, Inc. (USA)
Director: Erika Cohn

The Last Animals
Production Company: Atlas Films (USA)
Director: Kate Brooks

The Patriot
Production Companies: T.T.V Productions Ltd., One Man Show (Israel)
Directors: Daniel Sivan, Alon Sahar

Project Love (working title)
Production Company: Pulse Films (United Kingdom)
Director: Tim Travers-Hawkins

Yoghurt Utopia
Production Companies: Chimerica Media, Massa D’or Produccions  (United Kingdom, Spain)
Directors: David Baksh, Anna Thomson

Showgirls of Pakistan
Production Company: Nomad Films Inc. (Canada, Pakistan)
Director: Saad Khan

(With files from Barry Walsh)

About The Author
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 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.