Hot Docs


Years running: 32 (since 1993)

Hot Docs

Canadian International Documentary Festival.


North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents an outstanding selection of more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs,  including The Doc Shop and the renowned Hot Docs Forum, an  international market event for buyers and sellers, Hot Docs provides a full range of professional development, up-to-the-second market intelligence and networking opportunities for documentary professionals, working in the social, cultural and political documentary genres.


  • Canadian Spectrum competitive programme,
  • International Spectrum competitive programme,
  • several non-competitive programmes.


  • Canadian Spectrum Prize (features)
  • International Spectrum Prize (features)
  • Audience Award (features)
  • Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
  • Best Canadian Short Award
  • Best International Short Award.


  • Film must have been completed after January 1, 2022,
  • Film must be at minimum Toronto premieres. 
  • Film must not be available online in any form (this includes DVDs for purchase in any region)
  • Subtitles language: English

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • complete and submit festival's online submission form;
  • at the end of the form pay the submission fee using a credit card;
  • send two DVD screeners clearly labeled with the film title to the festival's address OR Put the link and password in the online submission form under the section titled «Screener Information».

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.




Official Website



Festival Submissions
Hot Docs
110 Spadina Ave., Suite 333
Toronto, ON
M5V 2K4 Canada

Phone: +1 416 203 2155
Fax: +1 416 203 0446


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    October 19, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    November 16, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    December 14, 2022
  • Extended Deadline
    January 05, 2023
  • Event Dates
    27 April — 7 May 2023
Categories & Fees

Shorts(1-40 min).

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $65

Features (41+ min).

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $100
  • Late Deadline — $150
  • Extended Deadline — $160
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