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Film Festivals

Everyone knows Hot Docs offers up a feast of fantastic films every year. And while many filmgoers focus only on features, we know that some super-fab documentaries are frequently found in the Shorts p…
After spending several days poring over the full slate of 168 films unspooling at this year’s fest, we’ve whittled our to-see list down to a (somewhat) more manageable 80-ish titles. Of those, we’ve a…
This year, I screened more than 60 (!) films. That’s a lot. And, while most were very good to great, there were a handful that, for one reason or another, I either didn’t finish, didn’t feel I should …
One of my favorite things about Hot Docs is settling in to watch a film about music and the people who make it. This year, the pickings were a little slimmer — and, sadly, I missed my window to check …
Whether it’s a battle for justice, for freedom, for change, for one’s life — or for all those things at once — the festival is filled with documentaries about incredible and inspirational warriors fig…
The short films in the Roads to Regeneration shorts program were executive-produced by Hot Docs and presented by SAP, and showcase ordinary people pursuing new ideas for sustainability and equality ar…
The Citizen Minutes shorts collection consists of films commissioned by the festival, and showcases everyday Canadians striving to make a difference in their communities. We posed our Qs à la mode to …
In This World is Not My Own, co-directors Petter Ringbom and Marquise Stillwell examine the life, work and legacy of renowned American folk artist Nellie Mae Rowe. We posed our Qs à la mode to Petter,…
There are tons of shorts screening at the festival — either on their own as opening acts for features, or grouped into thematic programs — and here are five more quick-hit reviews of some I checked ou…
When it comes to documentary topics and subjects, is there richer, more easily accessible, more universal material than “family”? Whether it’s carrying on tradition, rebuilding relationships, forging …
In unseen, director Set Hernandez profiles Pedro, a visually impaired undocumented immigrant striving to become a social worker. We posed our Qs à la mode to Set, and here’s what they shared! If I …
In July Talk: Love Lives Here, director Brittany Farhat traces the Canadian band’s history and follows them as they prepare to stage an outdoor live show in August 2020. We posed our Qs à la mode to B…