The Doc Market

At The Doc Market, filmmakers will have the opportunity to partake in a series of one-on-one discussions with expert industry representatives from Hot Docs, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and National Film Board (NFB).




Elizabeth Radshaw oversees the Hot Docs Collection, a family of documentary films that have screened at past Hot Docs festivals, received financing through one of Hot Docs’ production funds or have been selected to participate in the Festival’s premium film financing programs; and directs the Corus-Hot Docs Funds for Canadian documentaries, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for filmmakers living and working in Africa, and the CrossCurrents Doc Fund for emerging doc makers from historically underrepresented communities. At Hot Docs she curates the conference, workshops and market events. The marquee events are the Hot Docs Forum and Hot Docs Deal Maker, both unique pitching forum and work-in-progress meeting services that put filmmakers in front of financiers. She leads delegations of Canadian documentaries to festivals and markets around the world, cultivating relationships and funding opportunities for filmmakers. Prior to this appointment, Elizabeth was the Head of Acquisitions at TVF International, joining from the National Film Board of Canada, and has a history of dramatic and factual production of film and TV in North America.



As a cultural media producer, Paul McNeill is constantly on the lookout for vital, meaningful and transformative documentaries, animations and interactive projects from the Atlantic region. He is passionate about the creative process and the critical role of storytelling and collaboration in the quest for social change.

His first two documentaries as an NFB producer were stories rooted in place and directed by filmmakers inspired by questions around our relationship with the natural world. In Island Green, Mille Clarkes poetically asks the question, “What if PEI went all organic?” and in Bad Coyote, Jason Young examines the fear at the heart of a coyote cull following a deadly attack on a hiker.

Paul is also passionate about the critical role the NFB has played for over 70 years in the creation of transformative educational material for the classroom. Over the past several years, he has created and nurtured large science-based educational partnerships with the Canadian Space Agency and Dalhousie University for NFB EDUCATION.



Peter Hall is the Senior Manager, Arts and Documentary Programming for CBC Atlantic. He helped establish CBC Newsworld in Halifax when the all news network was created in 1989. He has worked for the three major Canadian networks with experience in news, current affairs, magazine and documentary programming.

Currently Peter is responsible for CBC non-news production in the Atlantic region for television, radio and online. He works closely with independent producers at the regional and network program levels.

Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite Workshop: Marketing and Direct Distribution

The Hot Docs Doc Ignite: Marketing and Direct Distribution session takes place Friday, September 23. The two-hour session will focus on:

  • How filmmakers can bring their documentaries to audiences and the marketplace;
  • Positioning films for the marketplace;
  • Key exercises to market films and engage audiences; and,
  • Data, metrics and how to use it to increase your audience reach and film sales.

The workshop will also present key findings from a major study of Canadian documentary audiences and share the practical applications from Doc Ignite workshops.

Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry at Hot Docs, will be leading the workshop and bringing with her valuable knowledge and experience in the film industry. We welcome Ms. Radshaw and look forward to her participation at the third annual Doc Fest.

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Hot Docs Round Table

Lunenburg Doc Fest is thrilled to bring one of the world’s key experts in film financing to meet with local filmmakers.

Hot Docs’ Elizabeth Radshaw, Industry Programs Director, will host two 45-minute long round table sessions for 6 filmmaker companies. Get a quick update on Hot Docs events and ask direct questions about funds, Hot Docs Forum & Dealmaker, Emerging Filmmakers’ labs and festival opportunities.

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