HotDocs 2017

Julie El-Chaer
Jump into the world of North America’s largest Documentary
Festival! Early this week the HotDocs
Canadian Documentary Festival
held a press conference to announce their
line-up for the 2017 festival from April
27th to May 7th
. With 2906 entries, the 24th
annual HotDocs Fest narrowed down the official selection to 13 programs that will feature 230 documents from 58 countries! With work coming from around the world, about 48% of
the official line up is by female filmmakers! We are also pleased to say that
HotDocs will have Redux; a full
program dedicated to the female Canadian filmmakers and sponsored by Bell

If you are looking for a documentary with a touch of
humanity, maybe “Thank You for the Rain
is the film for you. Coming from the International
, Thank You for the Rain follows Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya on his
journey to the COP – the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate
Change. Musya believes he has the answer to stopping global warming in his community,
and with the help of his wife and filmmaker, Julia Dahr, he has the opportunity
to get his voice heard.

If you are interested in documentaries with more of a
comedic side, the Magnificent Obsessions
program offers the viewing of the documentary, “Pecking Order,” a film about the members of the Christchurch
Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon club in New Zealand. Leading up to the 2015 National
Poultry Show, the film follows the club as good clean fun turns into competitiveness
between members.

These are just a couple of the many, many documentaries part
of the HotDocs lineup. If you wanted to download the full HotDocs schedule,
click here. You can head to the website to watch trailers, read up on
each film, and buy your tickets today!

In addition to the selection of films during the HotDocs
festival, HotDocs is hosting its annual industry conference and market from May
1st – 5th, 2017. Register today to learn, network,
and pitch to and from industry professionals. Join for Keynote speakers,
hands-on workshops, and conference sessions from visionaries about the change
in art and business within documentaries. 
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