The 2021 Hot Docs Festival is scheduled for April 29-May 9, so check out the link below for the upcoming submission deadlines. Given the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have planned a hybrid festival experience that offers both online steaming and in-cinema screenings.

Deadlines and fees have changed from previous years, so check out the guidelines at the link below before submitting your work.

Click here for Hot Docs Festival guidelines

You can also submit your film project to one of the Hot Docs' market programmes. For the 2021 Hot Docs industry conference and market, these market activities will take place online:

  • Hot Docs Forum, May 4 & 5. Pitch your film to over 200 leading industry decision makers. 
    Applications close 4 January, 2021.
  • Hot Docs Deal Maker, May 6-27. Pitch your doc in development or production. Applications close 4 January, 2021.
  • Distribution Rendezvous, May 6-27, 2021. Applications open January, 2021.

Click here for more information on the three Hot Docs programmes above

Also worth investigating is the MeetMarket, part of the Sheffield Doc Fest and one of the world's largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums. Selected projects get the chance to meet international industry representatives, international funders, broadcasters, distributors, festival programmers and exhibitors.

The MeetMarket offers a unique way to pitch your project through carefully curated meetings between pitchers and industry representatives, for creative and financial discussions. It's open to all documentary makers, local and international, established, emerging as well as first-time filmmakers.

Deadline for submissions is 15 February, 2021.

Click here for more information on the Meet Market

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