2020 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 sharpen their project pitches and materials in advance to Hot Docs Dealmaker.

Selected participants will get exclusive access to:

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

• For two months leading up to Hot Docs, weekly pitch workshopping with project-specific feedback from funders, broadcasters, distributors, and peers.

All-Access Pass to the 2019 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.

Free DOC Institute events during the program.

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

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Please note: non-members who have not paid their application fee will not be considered. Pay online now or mail a cheque for $25.00 to DOC Ontario, 401 Richmond Street, Unit 205, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8. Or join DOC now by clicking here!

The Program commences with two weekend bootcamps in late January and late February, followed by weekly workshops for seven weeks on Wednesday evenings in March and April. We encourage all qualified Ontario-based professionals to apply. Learn more about past participants here.

Application Deadline: December 13, 2019 before midnight (EDT)


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