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  • Closed Captions
  • Open Captions
  • Audio Description
  • Subtitles
  • Live Captions

April 28, 2022 - May 8, 2022

2022 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival

Hosted by Hot Docs Festival

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, screening hundreds of documentaries from Canada and around the world. This year’s Festival will stream online on-demand across Canada and live in Toronto cinemas from April 28 to May 8.

Hot Docs is committed to reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to our screenings. This year, we are thrilled to be offering captioning on most English language films streaming online, and open captions for a selection of in cinema screenings and Q&As.

In addition, a select number of cinema screenings will be available with Audio Description for Blind patrons. 

Accessible film screenings and Q&As will be announced on March 30, and single tickets go on sale to the public on April 5.


Closed Captions (CC): These screenings have special captions that can be viewed via a Captiview device.

Open Captions (OC): These screenings display special captions on screen during the film.

Audio Description (AD): These screenings have a special soundtrack that can be listened to on a device. Guests are encouraged to bring their own headphones.

Full Subtitles: Screenings with English subtitles throughout the entirely of the film.

All Hot Docs conference sessions and Micro Meetings will be presented with either closed captioning or live captioning (CART).

For patrons accompanied by an ASL interpreter and in need of light accommodation at a screening, reserve seating and discrete lighting will be made available in a designated area upon 72 hours advance notice. This accommodation is for films not fully subtitled or offered with captioning.

Please note: To ensure proper physical distanding procedures in our Cinema, we have adjusted our seating layouts and reduced overall seating capacity in each of our auditoriums.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema located near the accessible Bathurst Street subway station, accessible bus stops on Bathurst street and a large Green P parking lot on Lippincott Street. Our large, 36” wide doors have an automatic door opener.

The main floor has an accessible washroom with two grab bars and space for a wheelchair surrounding the toilet. The doorway measures 36” wide and includes a lever handle as well as a lowered hook behind the door to hang items.

The main floor of the auditorium has designated wheelchair locations within the auditorium and is equipped with transfer seats available for usage by patrons wishing to move from wheelchairs or other assistance devices.

For every film, we offer receivers with headphones transmit the film’s audio content, allowing patrons to adjust the volume to their need. Guests are encouraged to bring their own headphones. Equipment requests are facilitated at the box office, subject to availability. Please note that you may be asked to leave a form of ID to ensure the safe return of the device.

Service animals are welcome in all areas of the cinema that are open to the public.

A personal support worker may accompany you free of charge to all Hot Docs Cinema screenings and events.

More accessibility information is available on the Hot Docs website


Hot Docs Festival

506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3, Canada

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000.