Hot Docs announced May 5 2020 that it will launch the Hot Docs Festival Online on May 28 to offer at-home viewers a “rich array of titles from its 2020 official selection”.
Ontario audiences will be able to stream films on the recently launched Hot Docs at Home TVOD platform, available at www.hotdocs.ca.
Hot Docs Festival Online will run from May 28 to June 6. After the Festival, a majority of titles will be made available for an extended viewing window until June 24, subject to availability.
“Over a month ago when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, we took the unprecedented step of postponing the public Festival anticipating that we would soon be able to reschedule it,” said Brett Hendrie, executive director of Hot Docs.
“But now, given the ongoing uncertainly around when live festivals and other large gatherings may safely be held, we are fortunate to have this option to bring these outstanding films to our audiences. Response to our Hot Docs at Home platform has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re thrilled to be able offer so many 2020 official selections on it.”
More than 135 official selections will be participating in Hot Docs Festival Online, including the 91 feature and mid-length titles announced today and more than 45 short films and additional features that will be added to the slate in the upcoming weeks.
During Hot Docs Festival Online, audiences will also have access to pre-recorded Q&As with filmmakers and subjects, hosted by Hot Docs programmers, and additional virtual live events are also being planned.
All previously announced film programs will be represented with titles, with the exception of retrospectives and DocX. The Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective honouring Stanley Nelson and the Focus On Raymonde Provencher retrospective will be presented at the 2021 Festival to more appropriately celebrate the honourees.
The annual Hot Docs Festival, which was slated for April 30 – May 10, was postponed on March 13 due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. In response, Hot Docs launched its Hot Docs at Home initiative to help audiences discover and access documentary films while under quarantine.
As at the live Hot Docs Festival, only a limited number of tickets are available for each film. Films will be geo-blocked to the province of Ontario.
The full list of participating films can be found at Hot Docs Festival Online.