Hot Docs 2012
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Welcome to the 19th edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest celebration of non-fiction films. This year’s lineup boasts 189 features and shorts from 51 countries—the broadest slate of international selections since Hot Docs’ founding in 1993.

Venue-wise, this year’s festival also reaches far and wide. In addition to Hot Docs’ swanky new digs at Bathurst and Bloor, and a traditional cluster of Yorkville venues, organizers have once again teamed with rep houses across the city, as well as the TIFF Bell Lightbox. And, in a new venture this year, two docs will screen at Cineplex cinemas across Canada via Hot Docs Live!

It's a lot, and we are here to help you navigate it all. We've been watching screeners for weeks, focusing on the festival’s Special Presentations and Canadian Spectrum offerings; just click on any title in the drop-down list below to see what we thought of a film. Once the festival's underway we'll also have daily round-ups, filmmaker interviews, and even more reviews.

Hot Docs 2012 Reviews


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Box Office Information

Single tickets are $14.50 for regular screenings and $5 for late-night screening, and are available in person (783 Bathurst Street) and online.

Daytime screenings are free for students (with valid ID) and seniors (60+).

Festival passes are $115 (for 10 films) and $205 (for 20 films). An "All-You-Can-Eat" late-night pass is $10 for access to all nine post-11 p.m. screenings.