Hot Docs unveils Forum projects

Doug Block, Justin Weinstein among 25 set to pitch

TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday.

“The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry which we are eager to see enhance the broadcaster funding model at the Forum,” said Hot Docs Forum and market director Elizabeth Radshaw.

Selected projects pitch to a roundtable of international commissioning editors and a diverse gallery of international industry pros.

Participating buyers confirmed to date include HBO, PBS, the BBC, China Central Television, French-German cultural pubcaster ARTE, plus pubcasters from Canada (CBC/SRC and TVOntario), Japan (NHK), Italy (RAI), Germany (ZDF), Australia (SBS), Sweden (SVT), Finland (YLE) plus Autlook Filmsales, Entertainment One, Ford Foundation, High Fidelity HDTV, Impact Partners and Participant Prods.

Six projects will receive C$115,000 ($115,632) in development or production grants from the Hot Doc-Blue Ice Group docu fund, which provides financial support to independent filmmakers in Africa.

Grant recipients will attend Hot Docs to participate in the filmmakers lab, which runs April 28 and 29, and Intl. Co-Production Day on April 30.

Hot Doc runs April 26 to May 6 in Toronto.

More Film

  • Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as

    Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as CEO

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

  • Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher'

    Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' Set for Movie Adaptation

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

  • Director Abel Ferrara attends the New

    Italy's Vivo Film to Produce Abel Ferrara's 'Siberia', Other New Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

  • Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First

    Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Conventional Movie Theater

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

  • 'Gotti' Review

    Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in 'Gotti'

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

  • 'Murder Me, Monster' Review: Mystifying Art-house

    Cannes Film Review: 'Murder Me, Monster'

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

  • A Quiet Place

    China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War'

    TORONTO — New pics from director Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”) and “Being Elmo” scribe-editor Justin Weinstein are among 25 projects selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, taking place May 2-3 during the international docu fest and mart, it was announced Tuesday. “The increasingly direct filmmaker-audience relationship is a new aspect of our industry […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content