Brett Hendrie will be leaving Canada’s Hot Docs, one of the world’s leading documentary festivals, after 20 years with the organization, the last eight as Executive Director

Hendrie is leaving to take on a new role at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto He will be leaving after finalizing the lineup and logistics for the next online festival, which will take place April 29 to May 9 He will continue to advise the festival management until the end of the event

Under Hendrie’s tenure, the festival reached a record 228,000 spectators and the value of filmmakers’ awards and prizes reached CA $ 305,000 ($ 241,700), including the annual audience award Rogers $ 50,000 ($ 39,625) The festival’s popular “Docs For Schools” educational program has also grown exponentially under his tenure

For filmmakers, Hendrie launched the Canadian Storytellers Project, supported by Netflix, which provides mentoring and training opportunities for Canadian filmmakers from under-represented communities through the Doc Accelerator lab and the national Doc Ignite program. also implemented a number of funding and commissioning initiatives

Under Hendrie’s leadership, Hot Docs expanded their profile in the digital space through partnerships with iTunes, Crave, Rogers on Demand and Encore Plus In 2020, during the pandemic, Hendrie led the Hot Pivot Docs to an online public festival and industry conference

“It has been an incredible privilege to be a part of this inspiring organization for twenty years, and an honor to advance its mission of championing documentary films and filmmakers,” said Hendrie “I am deeply grateful to the countless colleagues , Board members and partners with whom I have collaborated, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished together The reach of Hot Docs and its ability to support the vibrant voices of documentary has never been greater , and I have no doubts that it will take its ambitions to new heights and deepen its impact with audiences, filmmakers and the documentary community.”

Hot Docs Board of Directors to Begin Search for New Executive Director This Month Former CEO and current festival president Chris McDonald will assume sole CEO responsibilities until his ‘a successful candidate be found


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