As Part of Docs Ireland, Film Hub NI present a discussion offering a unique insight into the festival and cinema programming process.

Docs Ireland and Film Hub NI are delighted to welcome Shane Smith, Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest Festival and Market for documentary film.

For this event, as part of Docs Ireland, Shane will ‘pull back the curtain’ on the programming process. This event is aimed to give filmmakers, those with an interest in film programming and documentary audiences a sense of what goes in the programming room, and an insight into some of the factors at play when programming decisions are made.

Smith previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as Director of Special Projects, and Director of Public Programs.

Prior to TIFF he was Executive Producer, In-Flight Entertainment, Spafax, overseeing all entertainment on Air Canada; Director of Programming at Channel Zero Inc; Director CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival; Short Film Programmer for Sundance Film Festival, and Programming Director for Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Smith has served on juries or participated on panels at festivals and events around the world including Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, Sheffield Doc Fest, DocNYC, IDA, DMZ Docs, IDFA, Tokyo Docs, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Guadalajara International Film Festival, and Bangkok International Film Festival.

This event is supported by Film Hub N.I. part of the BFI Film Audience Network awarding funds through National Lottery.