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Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator

The inaugural Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator will welcome a cohort of 70 emerging Canadian audio creators between the ages of 18 and 34 at the 2019 Hot Docs Podcast Festival and Creators Forum from November 6 – 11.

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Supporting a diversity of perspectives and new voices from historically underrepresented communities, this new career development program will equip a dynamic group of emerging creators with the tools they need to take their audio skills to the next level, helping strengthen and sustain the burgeoning Canadian audio industry.

Selected participants will join over 300 Canadian and international audio creators, executives, and taste makers for six days of sessions and live shows that are sure to enlighten, inspire and help kick-start their career in podcasting.

2019 Hot Docs Podcast Accelerator Participants

Olusola Adeogun
Brandon Ash-Mohammed
Louisa Awuku-Aboagye
Dupe Badejo
Morouj Bakhsh
David Bedoya
Sabrina Brathwaite
Inga Breede
Farah Chandani
Naomi Chen
Carri Chen
Alexandra Chouinard-McLellan
Tom Craig
Kelsey Dann
Aaliyah Dasoo
Chi-Linh Dinh
Arij Elmi
Farhnaz Fazli
Melanie Fiallos
Selina Fiorini
Adam Fiske
Stacey Franklin
Chelsey Grewar
Ali Hejvani
Taylor Hopkins
Jamie Hurcomb
Gabriella Iannello
Sahar Khan
Meara Khanna
Jerome Knight-Baker
Yoav Lai
Gabrielle Laws
Grayson Lee
Janyne Leonardi de Carvalho
Amanda Lo
Lucien Lozon
Bella Lyne
Gianluca Malatesta
Eloisa Jane Mariano
Gavin Massey
Mary McDonald
Saba-Sadat Mirabolghasemi
Sarah Miranda
Arina Moiseychenko
Kyle Moore
Amanda Moskal
Akila Ane O’Connor
Paula Owusu
Valentina Passos Gastaldo
Patric Plesa
Flannery Quarrington
Pursodman Ramachandran
Jessica Romito
Jessica Schmidt
Jonathan Sepulveda
Arsheen Shamaila
Cassidy Sheridan
Daniel Simpson
Adriel Smiley
Dave Smith-Hayes
Alexandra Sproule
Carly Stasko
David Sutrin
Jacqueline Swan
Aashna Thakkar
Olivia Trono
Abigayle Walker
Naama Weingarten
Ofer Weis
Katie Zeppieri
Nikita Zhang

Program Information

Eligible applicants must be either:

• Enrolled and actively working toward a degree or certificate in an audio or media arts program


• Have 3 years or less experience independently creating audio content AND will not currently be employed by or have a show in production with a major broadcaster or digital platform.

Successful applicants will receive:

• A free All-Access Pass to the 2019 Hot Docs Podcast Festival (November 6-11) and Creators Forum (November 6-8) where they will have the chance to learn about the art, craft, and business of audio storytelling while taking part in formal and informal networking opportunities with leading executives and other emerging and established audio creators.

• An invitation to participate in a private pre-festival career accelerator and networking event where they will get invaluable insight which will help them successfully navigate the upcoming festival, meet their peers, and get firsthand off-the-record insight from notable audio professionals.

Questions? E-mail [email protected]

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