Documentary audiences are growing everyday. With the rise of new exhibition platforms and an increased presence in the theatrical landscape, docs are a powerful medium to reach a wide audience. The activists, the anarchists, the voices of the disenfranchised - these documentarians use the burgeoning cinematic medium as a call to action and to ignite social change.
This session was designed for an industry professional audience.
Hugh Gibson is a writer, director and producer from Toronto. He graduated from York University with a BFA in film, and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus (05), TIFF’s Talent Lab (06), and TIFF Studio (12). Gibson’s credits as producer include Hogtown Blues (04) and A Tomb with a View (14), both of which played at the Festival, as well as A Place Called Los Pereyra (09). The Stairs(16) is his directorial debut.
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an award-winning Inuit filmmaker based in Iqaluit, where she runs her production company Unikkaat Studios. Her credits include Inuit High Kick (09), Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos (11), the animated short Seven Sins: Sloth (11), which was one of 15 shorts selected for Telefilm's Perspective Canada screenings at the Cannes Film Market, Lumaajuuq: The Blind Boy and the Loon (10), and Aviliaq: Entwined(14). Arnaquq-Baril was an executive producer on Miranda de Pencier's award-winning Throat Song (13), and co-produced the documentaries Experimental Eskimos (09) and Arctic Defenders (13). Angry Inuk (16) is her latest documentary.
Jamie Kastner is a Toronto-based writer, producer, and director. His documentaries include Kike Like Me (07), Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! (11), and Secret Disco Revolution (12). Kastner’s films have screened in London, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, and Toronto, and his work has been commissioned by BBC Storyville, ZDF/Arte, Sundance Channel, TVO, Bell Media. The Skyjacker’s Tale (16) is his latest documentary.
Tiffany Hsiung is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto. Her debut documentary, The Apology (16) premiered at Hot Docs and was the runner up for audience favourite. The film has won several awards around the world, including the Busan Cinephile Award at the 21st Busan International Film Festival.
Sarafina DiFelice is the Associate Director of Programming at Hot Docs. She has served on numerous documentary film juries and panels internationally. DiFelice also curates for the online subscription service SundanceNOW, and has previously worked for the Toronto International Film Festival as the Associate Programmer for Documentary.