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Hot Docs Down Under


(February 22, 2016 – Toronto, ON) It is known as North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, but now Hot Docs extends its reach into Australia with the announcement of a new festival that will launch in three cities at that country’s Palace Cinemas.

The idea originated with Artistic Director, Richard Moore, who presented the idea to Hot Docs and Palace as part of an ongoing mission to bring more quality documentaries to Australian screens. “This alliance with Hot Docs is a direct funnel to the best of the best in documentary making,” said Moore. “Combined with Hot Docs’ recent confirmation of a special country focus onHot Docs at Palace Cinemas Australia this year, I see this as the beginning of a long and healthy relationship between Hot Docs and Australia.”

Hot Docs Executive Director, Brett Hendrie said: “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate some of Hot Docs’ most exciting recent selections by partnering with Richard and Palace Cinemas to showcase a broad array of entertaining, inspiring and boundary-pushing documentaries. It’s a welcome opportunity to bring Hot Docs’ outspoken and outstanding sensibilities to Australian audiences.”

Hot Docs at Palace Cinemas will offer Australian premieres of a curated selection of Hot Docs Festival hits and audience favourites from Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Screenings will take place in Melbourne at the Palace Westgarth, Sydney at the Chauvel Cinema and in Canberra at the Palace Electric. in the festival’s inaugural year.

Meanwhile, Hot Docs will present its 23rd annual edition in Toronto from April 28 – May 8, 2016 featuring an outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world.