Applications now open for the 2020 Hot Docs Festival

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019


It's the largest documentary festival in North America and you really should be there! Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will run April 30 - May 10, 2020, in the heart of Toronto. Note to previous applicants, the Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker are the same application process. When applying, you will be asked to indicate the program(s) for which you'd like your project to be considered.

Below are the dates you need to know:

Hot Docs Festival Film Submissions
- now open
Early-Bird Deadline: November 15, 2019
Deadline: December 11, 2019
Late submissions accepted to January 10, 2020 (higher fees apply)

Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker Submissions - now open
Forum Deadline: January 6, 2020
Pitch your film to over 200 leading industry decision makers.
Deal Maker Deadline: January 20, 2020
One-on-one pitch meetings for filmmakers seeking international financing.

Click here for more FOrum and Deal Maker information

Hot Docs Industry Registration - now open
Advance Deadline: January 10, 2020
Early Deadline: March 4, 2020
Deadline: April 24, 2020

Click here for industry registration