“Unspoken Role of Documentary Festivals in World Socio-politics”  by Chris McDonald, President of HotDocs Festival

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Unspoken role of Documentary Festivals

in World Socio-politics



Chris McDonald was appointed Executive Director of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in October of 1998.   In 2013, he was named Hot Docs President.  A native of Montreal, Chris holds a degree in Film Studies from McGill University.  Prior to Hot Docs, Chris was Development Director for five years at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, the advanced film, television and new media training centre founded by director Norman Jewison. Prior to his term at the CFC, Chris worked for two national environmental organizations.  He sits on several industry advisory boards, and has served on panels and juries at leading film festivals and markets around the world.
With a mandate to advance and celebrate the art of documentary and to showcase the work of documentary filmmakers, Hot Docs is now recognized as North America’s largest documentary festival.  And, its flagship Hot Docs Forum, established in 2000, is North America’s largest documentary market event.  The festival attracted an audience of almost 200,000 in 2014, along with 2,500 registered delegates.  Hot Docs also administers a $4 million fund for Canadian documentaries, a $1 million fund for African filmmakers and provides free screenings to over 70,000 students each year. In March of 2012 the organization opened the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, one of the only year-round documentary-focused cinemas in the world.

September 11th, 2014

481 University Avenue
Suite 711, Toronto, ON
M5G 2E9

11:45am: Registration
12:00pm: Lunch
12:30pm: Speech and Q&A
01:30pm: Closing