Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite

Sept 20 & 21, 2019

Lunenburg Arms Hotel

Up to 12 filmmakers are selected to take part
in Hot Docs Doc Ignite and Round Table, Sept 20 & 21.  


Heidi Tao Yang, Industry Funds Manager, Hot Docs will lead the 4th edition of Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite at Lunenburg Doc Fest.

Heidi oversees the Hot Docs Film Funds, a portfolio which provides grants and equity funds for international and Canadian documentary films. In this role, she works with filmmakers from around the world on their projects and manages Hot Docs’ investment in the filmmakers’ work and professional development. Heidi has over a decade’s experience in producing and developing fiction and nonfiction for film and TV. She has programmed and produced conferences with marquee speakers for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and WIFT-T. Heidi is an alumnus of the Producer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. If there is a spare moment, she tries to fit in reading a book.

Friday, Sept 20
9 – 11am

“The paradox of arriving at a truly universal story is often found in its specificity.” Stories can travel across boarders, cultures, languages and barriers, so why do they sometimes feel like they won’t leave our backyard? In this presentation and interactive activity, take away critical tools to lift your local story to international markets and make it accessible to global audiences.

Saturday, Sept 21
9 – 11am

Examine the importance and role of budget and cashflow management, financing and recoupment plans, and rights management for a documentary enterprise. This session will deep dive into what it takes to manage the business side of docs, the other creative part of making art.

All industry sessions are application-based.
Filmmakers selected will receive free-admission to industry events with the purchase of a Festival Pass.