Olena Dedock - First Cut Lab Advisor


Industry Programmer: Conference and Funds –
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (


Olena Decock is an Industry Programmer at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, where she empowers emerging filmmakers with the tools to navigate the international documentary market.

She is responsible for administering the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund, Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund, as well as producing the festival’s annual conference.  



Olena has 10-years’ experience working at international film festivals, including two years as Programming Associate to TIFF‘s Middle East & Africa selections.

Born and raised in Toronto, Olena is fluent in French and proficient in karaoke.  



Filmography as a Producer: 

In post-production – Druh (Short Film)

2018Dziadzio, by Aaron Ries (Short Film)
The film world premiered at TIFF and was named by NOW Magazine as one of the top Canadian short films of the festival.