Hot Docs 2020: How to Watch

Today marks the beginning of the 2020 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, but it is being held in a completely different fashion. Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to host the festival online. As such, I thought I would post this festival primer about how you’ll be able to watch the films I reviews.

Who Can Watch?

The films of the 2020 Hot Docs Film Festival are available online to residents of Ontario

When Can I Watch?

Hot Docs officially runs from May 28 to June 6, 2020. Select films will have an extended post-festival window until June 25, 2020. There are also special events, such as Big Ideas, that will occur at select times.

How Can I Watch?

You can purchase tickets online for streams, with single tickets costing $9 and Packages of 5 costing $30.

Watch Films Directly from my Reviews

At the bottom of my reviews, you will find a box containing my rating for the film and a link to the festival page for that film.

At the top of each festival page you will find a link to either purchase a ticket or watch the film with an existing ticket.

After purchasing a film ticket, you can choose to watch it on your device or receive a code to watch it via the Hot Docs app on either Roku or Apple TV. Either way, you have 48 hours to finish after you start. Hot Docs has set-up a test stream to help familiarize yourself with the process.

And there you have it! I open you all enjoy this virtual edition of Hot Docs!

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).