FREE online workshop

Making the Local Story Global

6:30pm – 8:00pm MST, Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Presenter: Julian Carrington, Distribution Manager, Hot Docs Funds


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“The paradox of arriving at a truly universal story is often found in its specificity.” Stories can travel across borders, cultures, languages and barriers, so why do they sometimes feel like they won’t leave our backyard? In this presentation and interactive activity, take away critical tools to lift your local story to international markets and make it accessible to global audiences.

Julian Carrington is an industry programmer with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He oversees Distribution Rendezvous, a curated one-on-one pitch series that pairs industry decision-makers with producers seeking distribution, and the Doc Shop, Hot Docs’ online documentary marketplace. Prior to joining Hot Docs, Julian managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service. In that capacity, he supported independent filmmakers in developing distribution and audience-engagement strategies and promoted Canadian documentaries at festivals around the world. Julian also serves as a film programmer for Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, and previously served as an associate programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival.

This Doc Ignite workshop is presented by Hot Docs, in collaboration with the Reel Shorts Film Festival, and is generously supported by Netflix.