Toronto’s biggest film festival this side of summer is upon us once again. Hot Docs has been responsible for bringing thousands of documentaries from around the world to audiences for 22 years now. These films range from Oscar winners to docs that end up toiling in obscurity despite greatness. The topics cover just about everything under the sun and beyond.
It truly is a city wide event, as the long list of venues illustrates. In addition to their Annex home base, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, screenings will also be held in the Isabel Bader Theatre, Hart House Theatre, ROM Theatre, The Royal Cinema, Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Innis Town Hall, Fox Theatre, Kingsway Theatre, The Regent, and The Revue.
Every year Hot Docs has a program that focuses on a specific country, this year that country is India. Filmmakers will be attendance for Q&As following many of the screenings, and be sure to check out Scotiabank’s Big Ideas series which features five thought-provoking documentaries and will give audiences a chance to hear first-hand from the notable subjects and experts on the issues featured in the films.
The festivities kick off Thursday, April 23rd, with the international premiere of Tig as the opening night film. The festival runs until Sunday May 3 and we will be adding reviews and interviews to this page throughout. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive all of our Hot Docs updates and coverage.
To browse the full list of what’s playing at the festival and buy tickets, visit Hot Docs official website.
REVIEWS (to be updated with new titles regularly)
Above and Below -International Spectrum
Being Canadian -Special Presentations
Best of Enemies -Next
Beyond the Fear -World Showcase
Censored Voices -World Showcase
Chuck Norris vs Communism -Screen On Screen
Danny -Special Presentations
Deprogrammed -Canadian Spectrum
A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics -Special Presentations
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon -Show Me The Funny
Jesus Town, USA -Canadian Spectrum
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck -Special Presentations
Live From New York! -Show Me The Funny
Listen To Me Marlon -Screen On Screen
The Nightmare -Nightvision
On Her Own -World Showcase
Pervert Park -World Showcase
Raiders! -Screen On Screen
Rolling Papers -Next
Seth’s Dominion -Canadian Spectrum
Stay Awhile -Next
Sweet Micky For President -Special Presentations
(T)error -Special Presentations
Thank You For Playing -Next
Tig -Show Me The Funny
The Visit -Nightvision
Welcome To Leith -Special Presentations
Western -Special Presentations
What Happened, Miss Simone? -Special Presentations
The Wolfpack -Screen On Screen
Malika Zouhali-Worrall and David Osit -Directors of Thank You For Playing
Pras Michel and Ben Patterson -Producer and Director of Sweet Micky For President
Daniel Roher -Director of Survivor’s Rowe
Tig Notaro -subject of Tig
Tim Skousen -co-director – Raiders!
Morgan Schmidt-Feng and Nancy Prebilich -director and subject – On Her Own