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Toronto Documentary Forum – (Hot Docs)

Toronto, Canada

30 April 2019
2 May 2019


Widely regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion.

Selected documentary producers publicly pitch their projects to over 150 key international broadcasters and financiers from Europe, Australia, Japan, the US and Canada, and to a gallery of accredited observers.

Thirty projects will be accepted to the TDF, either as part of the TDF Pitch Program, for which a market partner must be attached, or as part of the TDF Rough Cut Program, for which a significant percentage must be shot but which does not yet have a market partner.

Each presentation slot is 15 minutes: a seven-minute presentation from the production team and their trigger decision-maker, and a seven-minute discussion and response period. Presentation teams are encouraged to include one- or two-minute video clips as part of their presentation.

Eligibility (All Programs)

All programs accept:

  • one-offs, feature length, series, interactive cross platform content and 3D documentaries
  • projects in social, cultural, political documentary genre and the non-fiction genres of history, natural history, science, the environment and health.

Independent production companies from any country can enter a maximum of two documentary projects currently in development or early production.

To be eligible, the project must have:

  • the commitment of at least one market partner (broadcaster, distributor or eligible film board or film institute) that will also attend the TDF to co-present the project
  • secured a minimum of approximately 20 per cent (but no more than 75 per cent) of its financing.

The existing financing must include arms-length, third-party monies from the marketplace. In Canada, the existing financing can also include federal and provincial tax credits.

This information is to be used as a guide only and is of a general nature. Screen Australia has undertaken all reasonable measures to ensure its accuracy and specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly of the use and application of any of the contents. Exact submission requirements are stipulated in the festival's Rules and Regulations which are available on the festival website.