Hot Docs has postponed this year’s event set to run in Toronto from April 30-May 10 in response to the growing concerns over the novel coronavirus and is planning a virtual market.
The festival said in a statement released on Friday (13), “We remain committed to bringing these outstanding documentary films to our audiences and are currently investigating ways that we can do so at a later date.
“We also intend to replace the onsite industry events, scheduled to take place during the Festival.
“Plans are currently underway to bring together filmmakers, producers and industry decision makers in an online environment and to virtually deliver the event’s valuable pitch presentations and one-on-one meetings.
“While we are deeply disappointed by having to make these announcements, these decisions were made after consultations with major partners, stakeholders, and local public health authorities.
After the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Ontario’s chief medical officer called for the immediate suspension of gatherings of more than 250 people.