In 2020, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) will lead a delegation of documentary and factual practitioners to Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival and marketplace.

HotDocs + AIDC

Hot Docs takes place from Thursday 30 April to Sunday 10 May 2020 in Toronto, Canada, with its world-class industry program running Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May 2020.




AIDC has secured a number of discounts for Australians participating in the delegation, including: 

> 30% discount (CAD$675.00+HST) on All-Access Passes to Hot Docs, providing full access to the festival and suite of industry programming (limited number available).

> 10% discount on flights to Toronto with Air Canada for departures taking place from Thursday 23 April to Thursday 14 May 2020.



Benefits for producers participating in the AIDC-led Australian delegation to Hot Docs include:

> Full access to the Hot Docs Festival screenings and conference sessions;

> Access to apply to Hot Docs one-on-one Deal Maker meetings with Broadcasters and Funders from around the world (closing date to apply is 20 January 2020);

> Access to apply to Hot Docs Distribution Rendezvous meetings with top-level distributors, sales agents and festival programmers (closing date to apply is 12 March 2020). 

> Access to the Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ renowned international co-financing event, showcasing the best projects from around the world to a round table of international buyers and industry observers. Forum lunches are included for delegation members. (Closing date to apply is 6 January 2020).

> One free film submission to the Doc Shop, Hot Docs’ on-demand digital video library for international buyers and programmers (a highly discounted rate can be negotiated for additional titles). All submitted films will be featured in a prominent playlist on the website’s homepage. (The deadline to submit films for inclusion in the Doc Shop is 20 March 2020).


The AIDC-led delegation to Hot Docs is part of a reciprocal Canadian delegation being organised with Ontario Creates, with a number of Canadian producers attending AIDC 2020 in March.

The program will provide those involved with targeted business and networking activities across AIDC and Hot Docs with a goal towards increased opportunities for official co-production deals across the sector. 

Meet the Canadian Delegation


Are you an Australian practitioner interested in attending the Hot Docs market and securing a reduced registration rate and flights?

Express your interest via email at

Passes are limited so register your interest now!


Limited travel support is being offered by state screen funding agencies. To find out if you are eligible, contact your local state agency.