Find CBC Docs at the Hot Docs Film Festival

CBC Docs commissions more documentaries than anyone else in the country. So it only makes sense that we will be at the Hot Docs Film Festival, the largest festival of it’s kind in North America.

In fact, CBC Docs will be hard to miss at this year’s Hot Docs.

On opening night, TVO and CBC's documentary Channel will be debuting The Heat: A Kitchen Revolution at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The Heat looks at how a new generation of female chefs have managed to succeed in the face of a hostile, macho kitchen culture, and how they’re working to change it. After that, join us at the CBC Docs Lounge inside the Hot Docs Opening Night Party at the Royal Ontario Museum.

CBC Docs will be taking over the Isabel Bader theatre for the duration of the festival, renaming it the Documentary Channel Screening Room.

Films to watch on the big screen

There will be 12 CBC Docs films playing at this year’s Hot Docs, including seven documentary Channel debuts, examining everything from gender to politics to electricity.

Transformer follows father, ex-marine and world-record powerlifter faces a singular feat of strength: transitioning from male to female. Take Light shows Nigeria's electricity crisis is traced through the eyes of a charismatic electrician, who strives to keep a fragile grid connected in Africa's most populous country. Anote’s Ark is the story of the president of the tiny island nation of Kiribati, as he races against the clock to secure the future of a population whose entire country may disappear in less than a generation. Three CBC Short Docs will also be showing at Hot Doc: Eviction Notice, Vika, and The Haircut.

Free ice cream and CBC swag

In addition to our screenings and takeover of Isabel Bader, CBC Docs will be hitting the streets of Toronto. The CBC Docs Ice Cream Truck will be roaming the city throughout the festival, giving out free ice cream and spreading the word about how easy it is to stream documentaries on the CBC TV App. If you find yourself at the festival, look out for our brand ambassadors handing out limited edition activity books filled with doc-themed diversions that will help festival-goers pass the time in line. 

If you’re outside Toronto, don’t worry. We have you covered. Twelve documentary Channel docs will be having their online premiere during the festival, so you can check them out from anywhere in the country, until May 31.

Hot Docs showcases the best documentaries from across Canada and around the world, and CBC Docs is proud to be a part of it. See you there.

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