Toronto, April 4, 2018 – Encore+, a YouTube channel devoted to streaming memorable Canadian films and TV shows from the past is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hot Docs. This partnership will see the creation of the Hot Docs Collection Playlist on Encore+, which will stream select Canadian documentaries previously screened at Hot Docs Festival or at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema; or which have been created by Hot Docs production fund recipients or market program alumni. The Hot Docs Collection Playlist is available now for free with many films available in both French and English, with additional titles to be added over the coming months.
“Encore+ offers an extraordinary catalogue of Canadian film and TV favourites, and we are thrilled to welcome these iconic titles curated by Hot Docs to the growing family of memorable productions featured on the channel,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Through this initiative and thanks to the international reputation Hot Docs has established as one of the world’s largest documentary festivals, beloved documentaries are given back to audiences through this online hub that showcases and celebrates Canada’s stories.”
“We're delighted to be partnering with Encore+ to showcase these extraordinary documentaries," said Brett Hendrie, executive director of Hot Docs. "This new partnership will ensure these films are more accessible to a broader audience, providing more people with the opportunity to discover these fascinating docs and others included in the Hot Docs Collection."
Titles that will stream as part of the Hot Docs Collection Playlist include: Kanhesatake: 270 Years of Resistance and Rocks at Whiskey Trench, both directed by 2009 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award winner Alanis Obomsawin and both offered in English and French versions; the 2006 Festival film Actuality: The Art and Life of Allan King, directed by John Haslett Cuff; Tu as crié Let Me Go, directed by Anne Claire Poirier, which screened in the Redux program of the 2017 Festival; Hot Docs’ 2011 Focus On recipient Alan Zweig’s A Hard Name, produced by Primitive Entertainment; Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, whose work as director and producer has played at three Hot Docs Festivals; Pour la suite du monde, directed by Michel Brault and Pierre Perrault, screened at Hot Docs 2012 as part of the Outstanding Achievement Award retrospective honouring Michel Brault; and Au Chic Resto Pop, directed by Tahani Rached, who was the Hot Docs Focus On recipient in 2006.
The Playlist will also stream The National Parks Project, an extraordinary 13-episode series that follows several of the country’s most acclaimed filmmakers and musicians as they explore and perform live in Canada’s national parks. Produced by FilmCAN and Primitive Entertainment, in conjunction with Parks Canada, Discovery Channel HD, the CMF and the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the series won the Genie Award for Best Short Documentary in 2012, and the 2011 Gemini Award for Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series.
Working closely with Canada’s film and television producers, distributors, broadcasters, unions, guilds and other industry associations, Encore+ is spearheaded by the Canada Media Fund with support from Google Canada, Bell Media, BroadbandTV (BBTV), and Deluxe Toronto. Telefilm Canada is also a key partner in this endeavor, providing financial and promotional support.
Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of over 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.
Hot Docs is proud to include Scotia Wealth Management as its Presenting Platinum Partner; CBC Docs as its Signature Partner; Bell Media, Netflix, Rogers Group of Funds and Samsung as its Presenting Partners; and Telefilm Canada and the Government of Ontario as its Major Supporters.
Encore+ invites YouTube audiences to discover – or rediscover – memorable Canadian movies and TV shows, wherever they are in the world. Comedies, dramas (even the romantic kind), children’s shows, documentaries, short films, and feature films – it’s all on Encore+ for fans of all ages to enjoy. Launched by industry pros, the channel brings to life great moments from the past on today’s screens. Check out the various playlists, with hundreds of titles fans won’t want to miss. Subscribe to Encore+ and be first in line for new English and French content added each week. Enjoy hundreds of Canadian productions today at youtube.com/EncorePlusMedia and get the latest updates on Encore+ by following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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