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Hot Docs Forum Picks 19
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(March 12, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) Hot Docs has announced the 19 projects that will be presented during this year’s Hot Docs Forum. Recognized as North America ’s essential market for the international documentary community, the Hot Docs Forum will take place on the mornings of April 30 and May 1 during the 2014 edition of Hot Docs, which runs from April 24 to May 4. This year’s projects represent 13 different countries and were selected from 128 submissions. Five of the projects are from Canada.

“The projects selected for the 15th edition of our renowned international co-financing event offer an incredible breadth of topics from around the world. We look forward to these stories being presented to key international buyers and attending industry observers at the Hot Docs Forum,” said Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw

Attended by over 500 leading industry professionals, the Forum is focused around a schedule of pre-selected international project presentations made to a roundtable of key international commissioning editors and an observers gallery composed of fellow producers, distributors, sales agents, funders and other buyers. Participating buyers confirmed to date include ARTE TV, ARTE/ZDF, BBC Storyville, Beijing Keying Media Co Ltd, CBC, CNN, DR Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Java Films, MSNBC, NHK, PBS, RAI 3, SBS Television, SRC, SVT Sveriges Television, TVOntario, YLE, and others.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the event, as determined by a committee of international (non-Canadian) commissioning editors in attendance. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize to be used toward the production and completion budget for their project.

The Cuban Hat Award will return to the 2014 Hot Docs Forum, continuing with their “real cash, no strings attached” prize. All the money raised over the two days of the event will be given to the observers’ favourite pitch, as determined by ballot. The Entertainment One Mounties’ Hat Pitch gives Hot Docs Forum observers the chance to secure a last minute presentation slot during the event. A business card will be drawn and the individual will be granted the available 2014 pitch slots.

The following projects will be presented at this year’s Hot Docs Forum:

THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST, Hopscotch Films Ltd, Mentorn (UK)
AMINA – A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS, Esperamos, The National Film Board of Canada (Canada)
THE BABUSHKA’S OF CHERNOBYL, The Babushkas Of Chernobyl LLC (USA)
THE BLIND CINEMA CLUB, Big Red Barn Films, PBS ITVS (Independent Television Service) (USA)
A BLIND EYE, Sole Possession Productions, Big Mouth Productions (USA)
THE BLUE ID, ARTvoltage, MOXIE (Turkey)
A COLD WAR, Sling & Arrow, JOTZ Production Pty Ltd (Australia)
(DIS)HONESTY – THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES, SALTY Features, CNBC (USA)
IN THE SHADOW OF THE DREAM, Pumpernickel Films, Ran-Entertainment , Dream Shadow LLC (France, USA)
THE KOREAN DREAM, Morena Films S.L., Halley Productions, Met Film Production, Taskovski Films (Spain, France, UK, Germany)
LET THERE BE LIGHT, EyeSteelFilm (Canada)
LOGS OF WAR, Platypus Productions, Big World Cinema (Kenya, South Africa)
THE NIGHT DAD BROUGHT US HOME, Indie Film As (Norway)
THE PRICE WE PAY, InformAction Films Inc. (Canada)
PUTIN’S NUMBER ONE ENEMY, Double Bounce Films, Roast Beef Productions (UK)
THE SKYJACKER’S TALE, Cave 7 Productions Inc. (Canada)
TEMPEST STORM, Shot Glass Productions (Canada)
TWO MEN, A CAR, AND THE WALL, 212BERLIN FILMS, Alfeneeks Films (Mexico, Palestine)
WRESTLING ALLIGATORS, Wrestling Alligators, Inc. (USA)

Hot Docs is North America ’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented this year. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto ’s Annex neighbourhood.