Documentary Film Festivals and Social Change

Films and Photography
Thursday, 27th August 2020
From 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (IST)


Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai and Avid Learning present a fascinating live discussion as part of a virtual week – From Silver Screen to Your Screen – that promises to be a multiplex of film appreciation covering diverse aspects from archiving to critiquing, from documentaries for social change to screen writing for digital platforms. President of HotDocs Festival Chris McDonald in conversation with Film Journalist Nandini Ramnath will speak on the role of the documentary film festival as a powerful platform to instrument change on ground and expand their reach and impact in the world and for the issues they showcase and support. Chris will touch upon what documentary films and filmmaking will look like post COVID and how the festival circuit will evolve and adapt to supporting and distributing these films and highlighting their causes. Join us to understand the evolving role of the documentary festival and how these platforms can powerfully impact change on-ground. 

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Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald

President of HotDocs Festival

Chris McDonald was appointed executive director of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in October of 1998. In 2013, he was named Hot Docs President. A native of Montreal, Chris holds a degree in Film Studies from McGill University. Prior to Hot Docs, Chris was development director for five years at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, the advanced film, television and new media training centre founded by director Norman Jewison. Prior to his term at the CFC, Chris worked for two national environmental organizations. He sits on several industry advisory boards, and has served on panels and juries at leading film festivals and markets around the world. With a mandate to advance and celebrate the art of documentary and to showcase the work of documentary filmmakers, Hot Docs is now recognized as North America’s largest documentary festival, and its flagship Hot Docs Forum, established in 2000, is North America’s largest documentary market event. Each year the Festival attracts audiences of over 200,000, including 2,500 registered delegates. Hot Docs also administers an $8 million portfolio of production funds, and provides free screenings to over 90,000 students each year. The organization also owns and operates the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto, one of the only year-round documentary-focused cinemas in the world.

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Nandini Ramnath

Nandini Ramnath

Film Journalist

Nandini Ramnath is a film journalist and critic with She has previously worked with Mint, Time Out Mumbai, NDTV24x7, The Indian Express. Her work covers Indian and foreign cinema and documentary.

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