The 20th Annual Hot Docs Festival shows over 200 films from 43 countries around the world. This year, the screenings start Thursday, April 25 and run until Sunday, May 5. The documentaries being screened are selected from over 2,000 film submissions to give you the best of the genre. Venues include theatres throughout Toronto with most of the activity happening at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
With so many films to choose from, we’ve pulled together three sure-fire picks for you and your friends to enjoy during Hot Docs.
High Five: A Suburban Adoption Saga – A couple travels from Canada to Ukraine to adopt five siblings. Their successful adoption is just the beginning of a four-year journey to create a family unit. Directed by Julia Ivanova with screenings on April 30, May 1 and May 4.
Muscle Shoals – A film that tells the story of the small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. As the home of FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals became the unlikely centre of some of the U.S.’s most creative music. This documentary features the likes of Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Bono. Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier with screenings on April 30, May 1 and May 4.
Rent A Family Inc. – This documentary follows Japanese entrepreneur and founder of I Want To Cheer You Up Ltd. This unique service provides stand-in family members for social and business events. Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schroder with screenings on April 28, April 30 and May 5.
Regular screening tickets are $14.60 and late night screening tickets are available for $6.20. If you’re a documentary buff, pick-up a 10-pack or 20-pack at the cost of $120 or $215 respectively. Alternatively, there is a full festival pass so that you don’t need to reserve tickets in advance; all you have to do is show up with your pass at the screening venue of your choice to redeem your tickets. Night owls are in luck because there’s also an ‘All-You-Can-Eat Late-Night Pass’ that gives you access to each of nine late-night screenings throughout Hot Docs.
With a valid ID, both students and seniors (60+) can attend screenings before 5 p.m. at no cost! Students also have the option of a Festival 6-Pack that includes entry to 6 regular screenings and 9 late movies at a cost of $70.
The Box Office hours are as follows: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekends. A select number of advance tickets can be purchased online (see above), by phone at 416-637-5150, or at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) during regular business hours.
Hot Docs is just one of the many annual festivals held in Toronto. The city is a hub of amazing culture and events. There are great restaurants for every taste, many entertainment options, and great shopping.
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