Hot Docs 24th Annual Film Festival

Hot Docs has announced the slate for their 24th annual film festival, which kicks off April 27th and runs until May 7th.

A total of 230 titles will be screened, from 58 countries, after whopping 2,906 submissions – and notably, 48 per cent of the official selection are from female filmmakers.

“The Hot Docs programming team has scoured the globe to bring the finest documentaries to Toronto audiences from a Festival high of 58 countries,” said Hot Docs director of programming Shane Smith in a press release. “As our world shifts in startling new ways, Hot Docs is committed to showcasing those films that tackle topics of global importance: from environmental issues and human rights, to international conflict. We also seek out masterful documentary storytelling in all its forms, from unheralded stories of unique individuals to quirky subjects that really are stranger than fiction. We’re very excited to share this year’s outstanding program with Toronto audiences.”

The festival opens with the world premiere of Bee Nation, about Saskatchewan students competing in the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee.

And organizers say, this year also sees the return of the Scotiabank Big Ideas series, which will welcome director Brian Knappenberger and Executive Editor, Special Projects Desk, at Gizmodo Media Group John Cook from Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press; Bill Nye and directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg from Bill Nye: Science Guy, plus more!

For music lovers, All You Need is Love (Ep.14 The Beatles) – from the groundbreaking 17-part series on the social history of popular music, this genre-defining episode featuring the Beatles inspired Eric Idle’s homage mock-doc on the Rutles, All You Need is Cash. Essential.

All My Loving – commissioned to “explain” pop music to older BBC viewers, this collage of encounters with Hendrix, The Who, Cream and Anthony Burgess—punctuated with riot and atrocity footage, declared an end to Top of the Pops innocence.

And, Bird on a Wire – a record of Leonard Cohen’s 1972 European tour, with chronology and cliché tossed aside. No filmmaker ever got closer to Cohen than this.

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