Hot Docs ’21 reveals projects for Forum

Hot Docs has unveiled the slate of projects to be presented during this year’s online forum. The 2021 Hot Docs Forum — running May 4 and 5 — will see 20 ...
March 17, 2021

Hot Docs has unveiled the slate of projects to be presented during this year’s online forum.

The 2021 Hot Docs Forum — running May 4 and 5 — will see 20 projects representing 16 countries presented. Out of the 25 filmmakers selected, 10 identify as Black, Indigenous or as people of color and 20 as women.

Pitch teams will present their projects live online via a remote conferencing service to top decision makers, who will then provide their comments and feedback.

Participating decision makers confirmed to date include A&E Networks, A24, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, Al Jazeera English, American Documentary POV, ARD-NDR, ARD – SWR, ARD – WDR, ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E, Bell Media, BBC ‘Storyville’, CBC, Catapult, Chicken & Egg, CNN Films, Discovery Channel, Doc Society, EBS Korea, ESPN, Field of Vision, Ford Foundation, Fork Films, France Télévisions, The Guardian, Hulu, iQIYI, Impact Partners, ITVS, Knowledge Network, National Geographic, NBC Universal, Netflix, The New York Times – Op Docs, NHK, Participant Media, RAI, SBS, SVT, Sundance Film Institute, TVO, Vice Studios, YLE and ZDF/ARTE.

Participants in this year’s Hot Docs First Look program will again fund and award the First Look Pitch Prize. Now in its fifth year, the prize provides cash awards to the top Forum pitches as determined by First Look participants.

For the 13th consecutive year, the Canadian Forum Pitch Prize presented in partnership with DGC National and DGC Ontario will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch, as determined by a committee of international (non-Canadian) commissioning editors in attendance.

Winners will be announced during the online industry market. An additional 35 projects also selected for Hot Docs Deal Maker will be announced on April 14.

“The projects selected for this year’s Forum reflect Hot Docs’ unwavering commitment to uplifting emerging filmmakers who, due to industry-wide financial constraints, combined with a lack of access to festivals as meeting places to approach bubbles of resources such as collective support and funding, have been the most affected by the events of this past year,” said Dorota Lech, Hot Docs Forum producer, in a statement.

The selected Hot Docs Forum projects are:

African Moot 
Production Companies: Undercurrent Film and Television CC (South Africa), Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects (South Africa)
Director: Shameela Seedat
Producers: Francois Verste, Shameela Seedat

Against the Tide
Production Companies: Snooker Club Films Pvt Ltd (India), A Little Anarky Films (India)
Director: Sarvnik Kaur
Producers: Koval Bhatia, Sarvnik Kaur

The Age of Loneliness
Production Companies: Studio112 INC (Canada), Izi Films, LLC (U.S.)
Director: Jenni Morello
Producers: Leslie Norville, Bennett Elliott, Jenni Morello

Black Mothers
Production Companies: Dandara Productions LLC (USA), Topeka Pictures, LLC (U.S.)
Director: Débora Souza Silva
Producers: David Felix Sutcliffe, Débora Souza Silva

Production Companies: Pink Productions, s.r.o. (Czech Republic), Sisyfos Film Production AB (Sweden)
Director: Greta Stocklassa
Producers: Radovan Síbrt, Alžběta Karásková

Breaking the Brick 
Production Company: La Ventana Cine (Chile)
Director: Carola Fuentes
Producer: Rafael Valdeavellano

Brigidy Bram: The Kendal Hanna Story
Production Companies: Daydream Reels, LLC (U.S.), Best Yet Entertainment Ltd (The Bahamas), Metamension CC (South Africa)
Directors: Kareem Mortimer, Laura Gamse
Producers: Laura Gamse, Kareem Mortimer, Bernard Myburgh

Fire of Love 
Production Company: Fire of Love Productions Inc. (Canada/U.S.)
Director: Sara Dosa
Producers: Shane Boris, Ina Fichman, Sara Dosa

A Hawk as Big as a Horse 
Production Company: Les Steppes Productions SARL (France)
Director: Sasha Kulak
Producer: Louis Beaudemont

The Last Nomads 
Production Companies: Wake Up d.o.o. (Serbia), Cut-Up d.o.o. (Montenegro), Kinematograf d.o.o (Croatia)
Directors: Biljana Tutorov, Petar Glomazić
Producers: Biljana Tutorov, Veliša Popović, Dijana Mladjenović

Light of the Setting Sun
Production Companies: Walking Productions, LLC (USA), Setting Sun Productions, LLC (USA)
Director: Vicky Du
Producers: Danielle Varga, Vicky Du

Made in Ethiopia
Production Companies: Made in Ethiopia, LLC (USA), Gobez Media Inc. (Canada)
Director:  Xinyan Yu, Max Duncan
Producers: Tamara Dawit, Xinyan Yu, Max Duncan

Mother Vera
Production Company: She Makes Productions Ltd. (UK)
Director: Cécile Embleton, Alys Tomlinson
Producer: Laura Shacham

Possessing Einstein
Production Company: Frequent Flyer Films Inc. (Canada)
Director: Michelle Shephard
Producers: Bryn Hughes, Carolyn Abraham

Project X 
Production Companies: Project X, LLC (Japan), Hanashi Films, LTD (UK), Cineric Creative, LLC (U.S.)
Director: Shiori Ito
Producers: Hanna Aqvilin, Eric Nyari, Shiori Ito

Swan Song
Production Companies: Visitor Media (Canada), Mercury Films Inc. (Canada)
Director: Chelsea McMullan
Producers: Chelsea McMullan, Sean O’Neill, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier

Untitled Marjolaine Grappe Film 
Production Companies: Memento SAS (France), Sweet Work Films, LLC (U.S.)
Director: Marjolaine Grappe
Producers: Thierry Marro, Dana Nachman

Varado: The Curse of Gold
Production Companies: YUZU Productions SAS (France), Compass Films (Iceland)
Directors: Nicos Argillet, Stéphane Correa
Producers: Christian Popp, Heather Millard

Wilfred Buck
Production Companies: Door Number 3 Productions (Canada), National Film Board of Canada (Canada)
Director: Lisa Jackson
Producers: Lisa Jackson, Alicia Smith

Yoga Village 
Production Companies: Shanghai Jiemian Cailian Press Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
Director: Rongfei Guo
Producers: Wenxin Zhong

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