DocHouse visits Toronto's Hot Docs Festival
Here in booming Toronto where high rises are springing up everywhere, I'm attending Hot Docs festival – celebrating its 25th anniversary, it is certainly booming too.
It’s Day 3 and I've been to some packed screenings with many more to come: I loved the crazy 93 Queen; it felt like all Toronto turned out for Bill Murray Stories: Life and Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man; The Oslo Diaries was utterly heart-breaking; finally, I can’t wait to see Liz Garbus’s The Fourth Estate. Hot Docs is a broad spectrum programme of 228 films from 58 countries and has a passionate, dedicated local audience here in Toronto – thanks to the year round programme of docs at the Ted Rogers cinema (formally The Bloor).
I was delighted to be invited for 'Strangers in the Dark: Who Is Your Theatrical Audience’ hosted by Philippa Kowarski (Cinephil). I spoke on a panel with Chris McDonald (President of Hot Docs Cinema) and Camilla Toschi (Programming Manager of La Compagnia, Florence), where we discussed documentary cinema exhibition. As the only three cinemas in the world currently dedicated to showing only documentaries, we are looking to form an international network of documentary exhibitors. It was a great session with an international audience who came with enthusiastic and encouraging questions.
Now I’m off downtown to the TIFF Bell Light box to catch What Walaa Wants...
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