Brett Hendrie is leaving Canada’s Hot Docs, one of the premier documentary film festivals in the world, after 20 years with the organization, the last eight as managing director

Hendrie is leaving to take on a new role at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.He will leave after programming and logistics are completed for the upcoming online festival, which takes place April 29-9 May He will continue to advise the festival management until the end of the event

Under Hendrie’s tenure, the festival grew to 228000 viewers, and the value of filmmaking awards and prizes reached 305000 CAD (241$ 700), including the annual Rogers Audience Award of 50000 USD (39$ 625) The festival’s popular educational program, Docs For Schools, also grew exponentially during his tenure
For filmmakers, Hendrie, with support from Netflix, launched the Canadian Storytellers Project, which offers Canadian filmmakers from underrepresented communities mentoring and training through the Doc Accelerator Laboratory and the Doc Ignite national program

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

“It has been an incredible privilege to have been part of this inspiring organization for twenty years and an honor to advance its mission as an advocate for documentaries and filmmaking,” said Hendrie I’ve worked together, deeply grateful and proud of what we’ve achieved together. Hot Docs’ reach and ability to support the vibrant voices of documentaries has never been greater I am confident that they will take their ambitions to a new level and deepen their impact with audiences, filmmakers and the documentary community ”

Hot Docs Board of Directors will begin its search for a new CEO this month Former CEO and current President of the festival, Chris McDonald, will assume sole responsibility of CEO until a successful candidate is found


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