Another Successful Joint Venture – CFC Media Lab at Hot Docs Film Festival

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CFC Media Lab is pleased to support this year’s Hot Docs Industry Workshops series on May 1st & 2nd, 2014. From creating a business model to raising capital through private investment and bringing films to market, these workshops offered crucial insights to assist content producers in making the shift to content entrepreneurs. This 3-part series included sessions on:

  • ASTOUND Business Model Canvas (BMC): In continued partnership with the ASTOUND Initiative, CFC Media Lab and Hot Docs present the ASTOUND BMC workshop, a highly interactive session on using techniques and tools to identify their unique business model. Canadian Film Centre facilitators, Orla Garriques and Aaron Williamson, walked documentary producers through the creation of a “business model canvas” using the Alexander Osterwalder method, evolved by CFC Media Lab, for the creative content industry.
  • Seeking Private Investment? A Workshop on the Essentials for Doc Filmmakers: In today’s market, private investment is becoming an increasingly important component of any funding strategy. This workshop, led by advisor Anne Marie Maduri (Maduri + Associates), provides a strategic approach to raising capital. Participants were guided on the key elements required to build a compelling investment story that will help convince investors to support their project or business.
  • Theatrical On Demand®: Led by Scott Glosserman, Founder/CEO of Gathr, a new hybrid exhibitor /distributor company, this session helped participants develop strategies for a theatrical-on-demand distribution plan, and best practices for activating communities and engaging audiences. Theatrical-on-demand is becoming a viable strategy for an innovative and integrated distribution.

Congratulations to the Hot Docs team on an incredible showcase of documentaries, talent and speakers. For festival highlights visit:

For more workshops, resources and key entrepreneurial presentations stay tuned to StableTalk.

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