“The Bones”, “Twice Colonized” among projects in Hot Docs Forum slate

Jeremy Xido’s The Bones and Lin Alluna’s Twice Colonized (pictured) are among the 20 projects headed to this year’s Hot Docs Forum, an international documentary market and pitching event. Selected from more ...
March 13, 2019

Jeremy Xido’s The Bones and Lin Alluna’s Twice Colonized (pictured) are among the 20 projects headed to this year’s Hot Docs Forum, an international documentary market and pitching event.

Selected from more than 325 international submissions, the 20 documentaries will be presented to a round table of leading international commissioning editors during the mornings of April 30 and May 1. As the pitches are made, fellow producers, distributors, sales agents, film programmers, private investors, funders and other buyers will look on from an observers gallery.

Returning for a third year will be the First Look Pitch Prize, which will award top projects with a total of CA$100,000 (US$75,000), while the Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch for the 11th consecutive year. The winner of the Forum Pitch Prize will receive CA$10,000 to be used towards the production and completion budget of their project.

Meanwhile, the Cuban Hat Award returns for its 10th year with all the money raised over the two-day event given to the observers’ favorite pitch, as determined by ballot, and then matched by Hot Docs. Finally, the Mounties’ Hat Pitch offers Hot Docs Forum observers the opportunity to secure a last-minute presentation slot during the event, as determined by a business card raffle.

Winners will be announced during the Hot Docs Forum closing awards ceremony on May 1.

Participating decision makers confirmed to date include A&E Networks, Amazon Original Movies, ARTE, Al Jazeera English, BBC Storyville, CNN Films, Discovery Communications, Field of Vision, HBO Documentary Films, National Geographic, The New York Times Op-Docs, Netflix, TVO, and Vice, among others.

“This is our most daring and international scope of projects to date,” said Dorota Lech, Hot Docs industry programmer and Forum producer, in a statement. “We can’t wait to highlight these poetic, powerful and tremendously inspired films at the Hot Docs Forum, our flagship industry financing and co-production event.”

The 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival runs from April 25 to May 5 in Toronto. The following projects will be presented at this year’s Hot Docs Forum:

1001 Nights Apart
Production Companies: Filmpunkt GmbH (Germany); Louise Rosen Ltd. (U.S.); Century Films Ltd. (UK); Rabison Art Production (Iran)
Director: Sarvnaz Alambeigi

Alvin Ailey
Production Companies: Insignia Films Inc. (U.S.); PBS American Masters (U.S.)
Director: Jamila Wignot

Another Brick On The Wall
Production Companies: Pango Pictures Co., Ltd (China); Arrow Factory Production (China)
Director: Nan Zhang

The Bones
Production Companies: Intuitive Pictures Inc. (Canada); Cabula6 (U.S.)
Director: Jeremy Xido

Colour of The Wind
Production Companies: Tortuga Films Inc. (Canada); Alias film und sprachtransfer GmbH (Germany); Mouka Filmi Oy (Finland)
Director: Claire Sanford

Disappearing Village
Production Companies: Sweet Take Ltd. (UK); Twofour Group Ltd. (UK)
Director: Megumi Inman

Hidden Letters
Production Companies: Ten Thousand Images AS (Norway); Fish + Bear Pictures (China)
Directors: Violet Du Feng, Zhao Qing

Instant Life
Production Companies: Meteor Films (U.S.); Hecho A Mano Films LLC (U.S.)
Directors: Mark Becker, Aaron Schock

The Kung Fu Nuns
Production Companies: Stray Dog productions AS (Norway); Stray Dog productions ApS (Denmark)
Director: Line Hatland

Light Darkness Light
Production Companies: The Documentary Group (U.S.); Transient Pictures LLC (U.S.)
Director: Landon Van Soest

Production Company: Banyak Films Ltd. (UK)
Directors: Anson Hartford, Jamshid Mojadadi

Production Companies: EyeSteelFilm Inc (Canada); AMA FILM GmbH (Germany); Snow Film (Myanmar)
Director: Hnin Ei Hlaing

Mission Sex-Ed
Production Companies: Tondowski Films GbR (Germany); BWP (Spain)
Director: Cosima Dannoritzer

Monguen (Life)
Production Companies: Lemuntu Producciones E.I.R.L. (Chile); NETLAB S.A. DE C.V. (Mexico)
Director: Antonio Caro Berezin

Plan C For Civilization
Production Company: Mangrove Media, LLC (U.S.)
Directors: Ben Kalina, Jen Schneider

The Queen of The Deuce
Production Company: Exile Films Ltd. (Greece)
Director: Valerie Kontakos

Socks On Fire: Uncle John and The Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Production Company: Hitbird Productions LLC (U.S.)
Director: Bo McGuire

Trafficking Jam
Production Company: Media Stockade Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Director: Catherine Scott

Twice Colonized
Production Companies: Ánorâk Film (Greenland); Ánorâk Film Denmark (Denmark); Unikkaat Studios (Canada)
Director: Lin Alluna

Production Companies: Les films du balibari (France); Tabous production (Niger); CORSO Film (Germany)
Director: Aicha Macky

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