Hot Docs Announces First Annual Silent/Online Auction

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and Auctionwire are proud to present their first annual silent/online auction during the 2009 Opening Night Gala Fundraiser.

Amazing auction packages up for grabs include: A trip for 2 to South Korea, a trip for 2 to Rome, Italy, tickets to a Maple Leafs game, designer flowers for a year, Culinary delights, some enticing weekend getaways, and popular electronics. Participants will also be able to bid on the private screening of a festival film for a group of friends or a visit to Toronto's own multimillion dollar studio Filmport. Yoga, shopping and dancing are also on the menu, with much more. Proceeds from the auction support the 2009 Hot Docs Opening Night Gala and the Docs For Schools Program, which brings documentaries to students throughout the province.

This year's Hot Docs auction will run online starting today and will close in conjunction with the Hot Docs Gala Silent Auction held on April 30th at the Royal Ontario Museum. Attendees and supporters will have the opportunity to bid against the online community who also wish to bid and support this very exciting cause. Auctionwire will manage and produce the Silent/Online auction allowing competitive reach to both in-room and online bidders prior to and during the Gala.

To view the auction visit: http://www.auctionwire.com/hotdocs. Register to bid today and place your high bid early as this auction will only run for 10 days.

Bidding ends on April 30th, 2009 at 11:30pm.

About Hot Docs:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe.

Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

In 2006 Hot Docs launched an exciting new program called Docs for Schools that was designed to give students in and around Toronto access to FREE documentary screenings throughout the Festival, both in cinemas and at their schools. In addition, educators receive teaching kits that link the films to the Ontario curriculum.

In just three short years, youth participation in Docs for Schools has increased 215%, with Hot Docs now reaching over 23,000 students across the GTA! And in 2009 we are growing even more! Hot Docs is expanding the program to reach over 130 across Ontario and will reach over 50,000 students in 2009. All benefits from this year's Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction will benefit the Docs For Schools program allowing us to get more docs out to more schools.

With its lively mix of public and professional events, Hot Docs is the ideal North American market and meeting place for the documentary industry. Last year, the festival attracted over 2000 delegates, including documentary filmmakers, buyers, programmers, distributors and commissioning editors from around the world and over 100,000 public audiences in the 8 theatres across the GTA.

About Auctionwire:
Auctionwire is a full service auction production agency working with Fortune 500 companies, media, entertainment, foundations, ad agencies and non-profit organizations to produce online and live auctions. Auctionwire has been responsible for producing and managing some of the world's most exciting auctions including Singapore Airlines First to Fly A380, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Barry Bonds 715 Home Run Ball, the UGG® Australia Canada auction and many others. Auctionwire powers a variety of auction websites for celebrities, radio stations, bands, and corporations through the Auctionwire Platform. Visit http://www.auctionwire.com to learn more.

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