Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A.), Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization which exists primarily to support the activities of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Hot Docs is a national, charitable organization with a mission to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.

Your support of Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A), Inc. helps nurture and support the creation, presentation and promotion of documentary films and filmmaking through direct grants to filmmakers and educational initiatives.

Current initiatives include:

first look Pitch Prizes: An opportunity for individuals to directly support filmmakers and their projects, the first look Pitch Prizes are awarded at the annual Hot Docs Forum—the Shark Tank of documentary finance. After observing all film teams pitch during the two-day Forum, participating first look philanthropists, who have each committed $5,000 to the program, vote to select top projects to receive the prizes.

Founders Circle: A passionate circle of donors who support Hot Docs’ core activities, including the annual Hot Docs Festival, Hot Docs Industry programs, Docs For Schools educational programming, and the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

Board of Directors
Vijay Vaidyanathan, President
Lorraine D. Bell, Treasurer
Robin Mirsky, Secretary

For more information about joining the Hot Docs community, please contact:

Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A.), Inc.
959 First Avenue, #20C
New York, NY 10022
(416) 203-2155 x263

Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A.), Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Official charity information may be found on the following sites by searching the name or EIN 82-1766556.

Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A.), Inc. respects the privacy of its donors and visitors to its website. No personally identifiable information is gathered from your visit to this website. Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A.), Inc. gathers the names and contact information from our donors and supporters, and we share this information with Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada. Otherwise, Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A.), Inc. does not sell, share or rent information that it gathers.