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HotDocs Report: Canadian Docs are in demand, but discoverability remains an issue


October 19, 2018

While it’s now easier than ever to find documentary content generally, Canadian audiences still have a hard time sourcing local docs, according to Hot Docs’ latest study on Canadian documentary viewing habits.

The report, based on responses from more than 3,600 doc-lovers, found there is a strong demand for Canadian documentaries, with 90% of respondents agreeing it’s important that Canadians have access to Canadian documentaries.

Despite this demand, Canadian audiences are still having trouble finding homegrown projects. Less than half of respondents said they can easily find and watch Canadian docs. Moreover, a staggering 91% of Canadian doc-lovers report they would watch even more documentaries, if they were more accessible and knew where to find them.

Read more about the report here.