The 2018 edition of the Hot Docs film festival will emphasize documentaries from Europe and Mexico, in a time of global change.
A special program called The Changing Face of Europe will showcase 10 new docs that illustrate a continent in transition — culturally, geographically, economically and politically.
“The program reflects on the ‘new Europe’ with its current political and social changes, and shines a light on the rich and vivid diversity of European documentaries,” said Sonja Heinen, the managing director of European Film Promotion, which is collaborating with Hot Docs for the first time. Participating filmmakers will also be involved in industry events such as workshops, pitches and meetings with potential buyers.
As well as gazing eastward, this year’s Hot Docs fest will look way south, with recent works from Mexico featured in the annual Made In program.
“Mexico is a culturally vibrant country rich with history and tradition, and we’re so pleased to spotlight its new documentaries at Hot Docs this year,” said Shane Smith, the Hot Docs programming director, in a news release.
“Now seems like a perfect time to further connect with, and explore, the dynamic stories being told by Mexican filmmakers. A selection of bold, uncompromising and wildly imaginative documentaries will showcase the incredibly creative talent at work in the country today.”
The program will be run in collaboration with the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). Film titles will be announced in March.
Past Made In programs have focused on Japan (2017), Australia (2016), India (2015), Denmark (2014), Poland (2013), Southeastern Europe (2012), Italy (2011), South America (2010), South Korea (2009), Mexico (2008), Brazil (2007), Japan (2006), South Africa (2004) and Taiwan (2003).
Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. This year’s 25th annual edition runs April 26 to May 6.