Hot Docs Talks with Elizabeth Radshaw

DOC BC and DOXA Documentary Film Festival are thrilled to announce two events with Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Industry Programmes Director. Hot Docs Talk (December 1, 2015) and the Doc Ignite Workshop (December 2, 2015) are sessions designed to give filmmakers key insights into the documentary film industry.

Date: Tuesday, December 1st (6:00 – 8:00pm)
Venue: The Post at 750 (750 Hamilton Street)

Admission: DOC BC Members: FREE; Non-members: $25; Students: $15


*Limited seating available, please buy/reserve your ticket in advance

Are you interested in attending Hot Docs but need more insight on how to get the most out of it? This talk presented by Elizabeth Radshaw will give you an insider’s look into North America’s largest documentary festival. The session will cover the Hot Docs Forum, including tips for successful selection, Distribution Rendezvous, International Co-Productions, and how to access Hot Docs Funds and emerging filmmaker scholarships.

Additionally, Elizabeth Radshaw will present Learning from Documentary Audiences, a major survey of documentary viewing habits in Canada. This information will help filmmakers better understand how audiences interact with their films in the market place.

The session will include a Q&A period.


Date: Wednesday, December 2nd (10:00am – 12:00pm)
Venue: The Post at 750 (750 Hamilton Street)
Admission: DOC BC Members: $40 per team; Non-members: $80 per team
*Workshop for pre-selected projects ONLY

 Documentary filmmakers are no longer bound to the confines of traditional business models in order to make and distribute their documentaries. The tools available for storytellers are affordable, and offer opportunity to create a project that can be funded and distributed to world-wide audiences directly. However, just because the tools are available doesn’t mean people know how to use them.

How can filmmakers determine if their project is a fit for a crowdfunding campaign or direct distribution model? How can filmmakers create dynamic marketing strategies to reach and engage audiences? 

Doc Ignite is a small workshop on crowdfunding, marketing and distribution for 4-6 pre-registered projects. In a series of short learning lectures, participants will absorb strategies and apply them directly to their films in small group exercises.

How to apply:
-Send an email to with “Doc Ignite Workshop” in the subject line
-Your email should include names of team members who will attend the workshop (maximum 2), one-pager and link to a downloadable demo/teaser/sample scene (if available)
-Priority will be given to DOC BC members. All projects can apply but projetcs in production or post are preferred (story should be fully conceived).

Deadline to apply: Sunday, November 22nd, 2015.


Elizabeth Radshaw

Elizabeth Radshaw is the Industry Programmes Director at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. She oversees the festival and year-round industry programmes. At its centre is the Hot Docs Forum, a documentary film pitching forum which provides a unique opportunity to pitch feature documentaries, series and interactive documentary projects to financers as well as the Hot Docs Deal Maker, a curated works-in-progress pitch-meeting program between producers and international decision makers. Additionally, she curates the Conference and other market events. Elizabeth established and runs Doc Ignite, Canadian documentary crowdfunding site as well as the Shaw Media Hot Docs Fund and Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Fund, documentary production fund for residents of Africa.

Prior to this appointment, she was the Head of Acquisitions at TVF International. She was an elected member of Pact Council in the UK in 2007. She joined TVF from the National Film Board of Canada and has a history of dramatic and factual production of film and TV in North America. She directed the Brooklyn based Rooftop Short Film festival at its Montreal premiere in 2005.

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