Hot Docs Finally Achieves Gender Parity with 2018 Lineup

For its 25th anniversary, 50 percent of the festival's program comes from female filmmakers

BY Josiah HughesPublished Mar 20, 2018

Today, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival have announced the lineup for their 25th edition and it's truly a doozy. The festival will feature a staggering 246 films and 16 interdisciplinary projects from 56 countries in 14 screening programs. More importantly, the lineup will offer gender parity as 50 percent of its content will come from female filmmakers.

"Formidable filmmakers, in unrelenting pursuit of the truth are a hallmark of this year's Hot Docs Festival programming, and Toronto audiences have the chance to explore stories from around the world, and engage with the people who tell them," said Shane Smith, director of programming for Hot Docs, in a press release. "As we celebrate 25 years of Hot Docs, it's exciting to see that documentary storytelling is as outstanding and outspoken as ever, a vital cultural force in connecting us to our world and to each other."    

The fest will celebrate its milestone year with a free world premiere IMAX screening of Stephen Low's streetcar-themed doc The Trolley on May 5 at the Ontario Place Cinesphere.

As for the rest of the program, the festival includes an enormous sampling of topics from all over the globe. You can peruse the mammoth lineup here.

Hot Docs runs from April 26 to May 6 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto.


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