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Hot Docs Festival Bigger Than Ever

(TORONTO, ON) – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced its full film lineup for the upcoming 25th edition, from April 26 through to May 6, at a press conference at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. From 3,059 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 246 films and 16 interdisciplinary projects from 56 countries in 14 screening programs, with work by female filmmakers representing 50 per cent of the 2018 program.

“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. “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.”

For the Festival’s 25th anniversary, Hot Docs will thank Toronto audiences for their support by inviting them to a free world premiere IMAX screening at the Ontario Place Cinesphere of The Trolley, which takes viewers through 34 cities around the world to rediscover the public transit invention that revolutionized urban life.

Additionally, Hot Docs will also present 25th anniversary screenings of Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker’s The War Room and Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, at which the directors will be present for post-screening discussions.

Watch for reviews of select Hot Docs submissions here at The Square.

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