Stephanie McArthur (CAN)
Industry Programs Manager
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Stephanie McArthur is an eleven-year veteran of industry programming at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival and market.

In her role as Industry Programs Manager Stephanie oversees Hot Docs’ Emerging Filmmaker program Doc Accelerator, and manages Hot Docs’ International Delegation and Alumni programs. Stephanie has been instrumental in the development and launch of several key Hot Docs programs including the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for filmmakers living and working on the continent of Africa, and most recently the Canadian Storytellers Project which is supported by Netflix.

Since 2015 Stephanie has been traveling throughout Canada leading Doc Ignite workshops which offer filmmakers insights into marketing and distribution, market readiness, pitch preparation and festival strategies. She regularly travels to international festival and events scouting for projects and talent.

Stephanie curates the yearly programming strand Close Encounters of the Funding Kind and oversees the Emerging Producer Bursary Program for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP), one of the world’s leading events for factual television producers.

Stephanie has been working in theatre and film for nearly two decades. Notable festivals include: Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Miami International Film Festival, and the Provincetown Film Festival. Previously she worked in Singapore as Associate Producer of the Asia Factual Forum (2007); was Head of Programming for the inaugural DocFest Stratford (2008); and served a four-year term on the Toronto Fringe Festival Best of the Fest Jury beginning in 2007.


CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR: Hot Docs Industry funds international projects through our CrossCurrents Doc Fund which supports emerging filmmakers from and telling stories from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented. We’re always looking for projects for our Market (Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Distribution Rendezvous and Doc Shop) & interested to hear about films that may be a fit for our festival screenings.

BEST WAY TO PITCH?: Submission to all of Hot Docs programs are done via online application forms which are available on our website at