CBC & Hot Docs Partner for Festival Premieres


Canada’s CBC and the Hot Docs documentary festival have teamed up to launch Hot Docs at Home on CBC, a multiplatform festival-at-home experience slated for Thursday nights.

Following the postponement of the 2020 Hot Docs Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a selection of exclusive first-run feature documentaries that would have debuted at the Festival will now premiere on CBC, the free CBC Gem streaming service and documentary channel each Thursday starting April 16. A complete list of 2020 Hot Docs Festival selections will be announced by Hot Docs on April 14.

“As we all seek out new content to engage and inspire us and provide a sense of meaning and connection during these unprecedented times, we are partnering with Hot Docs to bring these extraordinary, thought-provoking Festival premieres to Canadians at home,” said Sally Catto, general manager of entertainment, factual and sports for CBC. “We are grateful to have an opportunity to shine a light on some of our documentary filmmakers during this challenging period for our creative communities, and ensure their voices and perspectives can be shared widely with audiences across the country.”

“We are proud to be partnering with CBC to announce these select Hot Docs 2020 titles and premiere them to Canadian audiences,” said Brett Hendrie, executive director of Hot Docs. “Postponing this year’s festival was heartbreaking, but Hot Docs will continue its mission of supporting documentary filmmakers and bringing their work to audiences through these uncertain times. We’re excited by this unique opportunity to share these vital stories, and we look forward to bringing the full 2020 festival lineup to our audiences as soon as possible.”