29 Hot Docs 2022, April 28 – May 08


with 226 films from 63 countries across 15 programs – including a dozen german documentaries – in cinemas across Toronto as well as online to audiences across Canada.

The three awarded german documentaries are:

  • Best Mid-Length Documentary Award: REWIND & PLAY by Alain Gomis, 65min [artscapes]
    "The jury was impressed by the innovative use of archival, the rigorous cutting, and the relentless quest for intimacy with a subject on the brink of alienation."
    Sponsored by British Pathé, the award includes a $3,000 cash prize.
  • Audience Award International Spectrum: WHO WE WILL HAVE BEEN by Erec Brehmer, 81min [international spectrum]
  • Don Haig Award for Producer Mila Aung-Thwin with MIDWIVES by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, 91min [special presentation] The award is given to an outstanding independent Canadian producer with a film in the Festival in recognition of his/her creative vision, entrepreneurship and track record for nurturing emerging talent and comes with a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation.

Find out more about the Hot Docs AWARDS information here.



LineUp of German productions and co-productions






Industry Programs
Hot Docs helps get film made—from grants for projects in development and production to connecting filmmakers with leading industry experts.

  • Distribution Rendezvous: Pre-arranged, one-on-one online meetings with distributors and sales agents for finished, nearly finished and rough-cut films. Submission close: March 10, 2022
  • Hot Docs Conference & Market: With exceptional professional development, networking, and business opportunities, Hot Docs is perfect for doc professionals at all career levels.
  • 20 Forum projects representing 19 different countries and 26 filmmakers, 14 of whom are women and 15 of whom are BIPOC, will pitch to international decision makers, including
    THE JOURNALIST AND THE JAILOR by Adithya Sambamurthy, P: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski Tondowski Films GbR...reveals how this court case could provide some measure of justice for the tens of thousands of Syrians who have been detained, tortured and disappeared by Bashar al-Assad’s government, and perhaps even revolutionize war crimes prosecutions worldwide.
    THE MISSING PLANET by Marouan Omara, Tom Rosenberg, P: Marouan Omara, Tom Rosenberg, Die Gesellschaft DGS (Germany), Figleaf Studios (Egypt) ...is a creative documentary, set in the future on a distant planet. As the planet’s inhabitants experience a wave of memory loss, the film reconstructs the people, places, and events that have disappeared. THE MISSING PLANET is a journey through the surreal landscapes and fragmented memories of another world that mirrors our own.
  •  and more at the website of the festival
  •  and more in the PRESS...

Hot Docs’ LIVE program reshapes the Industry Conference and market into an intensive three-day in-person gathering offering inspiring sessions, connection to colleagues and community, and the serendipitous moments that are only possible live. Plus, attend in-cinema Festival screenings at venues across Toronto, and access all the market content available in Hot Docs’ online hub. 
More Information —German only—.



 REPORT by Björn Jensen _____German only_____


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29 Hot Docs 2022
28 Hot Docs 2021
27 Hot Docs 2020
26 Hot Docs 2019
25 Hot Docs 2018


 Celebrate our 30th anniversary with us next year! The full selection of films will be announced on March 28, 2023.

Editor german documentaries Ingrid Molnar