It's almost that time of year again in Toronto. On April 29th, the Hotdocs festival will be underway and it will go until May 9th. Hotdocs is North America's largest documentary film festival, and this year there will be over 170 films from over 40 countries presented.
2010 promises to be the best year yet, as this festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2006 and is now garnering international recognition. The list of films being screened is very impressive, and quite often recognition at this festival is what can put a small venture over the top. Three films screened in the 2009 festival were nominated for academy awards. Youcan check out this years schedule here.
The festival will start off with a bang, the opening night gala will be held at the Winter Garden theatre with schmoozing to occur later in the evening at the Royal Ontario Museum. This is an opportunity for members of the public (who bought tickets) to meet and socialize with some of the most interesting people on the planet. Film makers will be there and often times the subjects of some of the films will be there as well. The silent auction promises to be amazing. Tickets are still available, but they will probably be snapped up pretty fast. It's sold out year after year.
You can purchase passes to see a variety of films, or you can simply buy tickets for individual films that may be to your liking. As always, students get heavy discounts, as one of the purposes of the festival is to raise funds for students of film.
If you live in Toronto and enjoy thought provoking films, then check out the Hotdocs website and come on out for an evening. There's bound to be a few films that might catch your fancy. Maybe I will see you there.