For its 20th year (can you believe it?), the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival is pulling out all the stops.

With almost 250 documentaries chosen for this year's slate, the movies feature 44 world premieres and 45 Canadian-made films. From the opening night documentary "The Manor," which focuses on an Ontario strip joint and a family that has worked there for 30-odd years, to the enthralling "12 O'Clock Boys," about a juvenile street gang in urban Baltimore, Maryland, this year's selection offers a variety of topics.

As always, the Hot Docs Festival seeks to make its audience its number-one priority, and is still offering free tickets to daytime screenings for students and seniors. Last year's festival brought in two times the expected audience, and thousands of people around the world descended on Toronto to watch the films.

A special event this year is Hot Docs 20, in celebration of its anniversary, which will feature the top 20 fan favourites and winners from previous years, and will be screening for the five weeks leading up to the festival.

Hot Docs runs from April 25 - May 5, 2013. Single tickets and packages are now available. For complete information including Special Presentations, galas and the complete screening schedule, please visit the Hot Docs official website.

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