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TIFFG-Internship The Hot Docs Daily Staff Writers


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Internship Opportunity: The Hot Docs Daily Staff Writers

Application Deadline: April 17, 2006

Hot Docs will run from April 28 to May 7, 2006. During these ten days, Hot Docs will present 99 Canadian and international films, as well as a full roster of professional development, market and networking events geared to documentary film professionals.

Hot Docs is seeking a handful of motivated individuals to serve as intern staff writers for the online Hot Docs Daily being launched at this year’s festival. These are unpaid volunteer positions requiring the skills obtained through a professional journalism program and/or professional work experience. Writers will work off-site, writing stories and (possibly) taking photographs for inclusion in the Hot Docs Daily, published each day from April 28 to May 5, and followed by a comprehensive weekend edition to be issued the weekend of May 6 - 7.

This position offers, to those seeking a career in arts and cultural reporting, the invaluable experience of writing for and being published in a professional daily publication, an opportunity that can be difficult to secure for those just starting out in the field. Writers will report on festival events and films, will conduct interviews with filmmakers, producers, industry professionals and festival attendees, and will work with Hot Docs Daily’s editor to produce the best pieces possible for inclusion in one the daily’s four sections: Headlines (daily news), Features (profiles, filmmaker interviews and specialized pieces), Film Stock (film profiles) and Doc Thoughts (interviews with streeters / festival attendees, profiles on staff / volunteers). Writers should be available for a minimum of 5 days between April 28 and May 5, completing a minimum of one assignment per day (note: the number of assignments per day will reflect the amount of time required to complete each assignment). Writers should also be available to write one or two pieces in advance of the festival, to be included in the April 28 issue.

Students in combined journalism and film programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits will include:
• Experience working for a daily publication
• Access to all Festival events and screenings as well as special industry events and services
• Opportunity to sharpen your craft and build professional skills / contacts
• Ability to obtain clippings for use in future job applications
Major Responsibilities will include:
• Obtaining quotes and information and writing pieces under strict deadlines
• Working with the editor to ensure the highest quality pieces are produced
• Interviewing filmmakers, producers and industry professionals with tight time constraints and in occasionally hectic, fast-paced environments
• Representing Hot Docs as an informed, courteous and professional member of the festival team

Experience Required:
• Third or forth-year standing in a professional journalism program at a credible university, or equivalent professional experience
Skills and abilities required:
• Ability to work under tight deadlines and to write informatively and creatively
• Knowledge of and interest in film and film festivals
• Ability to keep calm and collected in a hectic festival environment

Interested candidates should fax or email a current résumé, cover letter and at least three writing samples on or before April 10, 2006 to Bill Alexander, Hot Docs Daily Editor: balexander@hotdocs.ca, fax: 416-203-0446

Hot Docs wishes to thank all those that apply, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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