Hot Docs is Coming!

Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival

April is here, and that means that Hot Docs is quickly approaching! For those who’ve never been, Hot Docs is Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival which takes place in Toronto and runs from April 26th to May 6th. It is a great place to see new documentary films from around the world, many of which you’ll have a hard time tracking down on your own. Last year I had the pleasure of seeing Somewhere to Disappear – an amazing film following photographer Alec Soth as he searches for those who’ve chosen to disconnect from society. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to get yours soon, here are some films that caught my eye.

 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

“China’s most famous international artist, Ai WeiWei, is shown with unprecedented access in this Sundance special jury prize-winning portrait… Through art, politics and humour, Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry takes us into the artist’s world to reveal a man of unrelenting spirit and defiance who inspires millions across the globe.”

Directed by Alison Klayman | Hot Docs Page


“Exploring not only McCullin’s life and work, but how the ethos of journalism has changed throughout his career, the film is a commentary on the history of photojournalism told through the lens of one of its most acclaimed photographers.”

Directed by Jacqui Morris | Hot Docs Page

The Queen Of Versailles

“Meet Jackie, former Mrs. Florida 1993 and current wife of David Siegel, the self-styled king of a vast timeshare empire. She loves her husband, eight children and shopping… Then the financial crisis of 2008 hits. As the threat of losing it all looms, David’s personality undergoes a marked shift from boastful billionaire to tired old man, but Jackie soldiers on with a bright smile.”

Directed by Lauren Greenfield | Hot Docs Page

Indie Game: The Movie

“In this Sundance hit and award-winner, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the tension and drama by focusing on the artists’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.”

Directed by James Swirsky & Lisanne Pajot | Hot Docs Page

We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists

“We Are Legion is a guide into the world of Anonymous, the “hacktivist” collective with no defined leadership or structure that’s responsible for numerous acts of a new internet-based civil disobedience… A history of the internet’s evolution, the film traces the birth of a powerful democratic activism that’s making corporations and governments very nervous.”

Directed Brian Knappenberger | Hot Docs Page

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Please let us know what films you are excited to see!