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2018 Breakthrough Program Application

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Prepare to pitch and sell your project at the prestigious Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and beyond! Eight emerging and high-potential producers will be selected for this rigorous and intimate market-preparation course where they’ll develop a successful festival strategy and hone their project pitches.

New this year! Our 2018 Breakthrough Program will offer participants a unique opportunity to develop & hone their pitch materials in advance of submitting to Hot Docs Dealmaker & other festival opportunities. Selected participants will get exclusive access to access to:

• Two weekend workshop intensives, where participants will receive training & feedback on their pitch materials & funding documents from acclaimed filmmakers, producers, and craftspeople.

• For two months leading up to Hot Docs, weekly group and one-on-one mentorship from renowned funders, broadcasters, distributors, and peers.

• All-Access Pass to the 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival and Forum, to attend industry sessions, network with key industry professionals, set up meetings to sell their projects and connect and collaborate with peers.

• A private Breakthrough party at Hot Docs, where participants can mingle with funders and Breakthrough alumni.

• Free training at DOC Institute events during the program.

• The Breakthrough Alumni Network, a private group where alumni share opportunities & information.

The Program runs for seven weeks on Wednesday evenings, starting in mid-March. Weekend workshops will take place on Jan 20 weekend and Feb 17 weekend. We encourage all qualified Ontario-based professionals to apply.


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