Stephanie McArthur (Canada)
Senior Industry Programs Manager
Hot Docs

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 Senior 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. In 2020 she joined the Hot Docs Podcast Festival team overseeing the Podcast Career Accelerator program.

Since 2015 Stephanie has been travelling throughout Canada leading Doc Ignite workshops which offer filmmakers insights into pitch preparation, grant writing, marketing and distribution, market readiness, and strategies for building a sustainable career. She regularly travels to international festivals 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.


Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of approximately 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe.

Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production.

Hot Docs is a national, charitable organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary.

Our mission is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.