Toronto, August 8, 2012 – Hot Docs and Quark Expeditions are pleased to announce the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival. Curated by Hot Docs, the festival will be a part of Quark Expeditions’ 2013-14 season.“In many ways it is a natural partnership,” says Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs managing director. “Like Quark Expeditions’ clientele, documentary audiences are naturally curious and adventurous learners who want to discover more about the world around them. What better way to complement their eye-opening travels than with eye-opening films?”

The Floating Polar Film Festival will be featured during the inaugural 22-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage. The festival will feature a diverse documentary program of eight films on topics that may range from ecology and the environment to exploration and adventure. Full program will be announced in summer 2013.

The journey starts on November 2, 2013, on the Sea Spirit, Quark’s luxury adventure ‘all-suites’ ship, on which every voyage features all-inclusive beverages, and every suite features and exterior view and en-suite bath, in-room satellite phone, and a flat screen TV and DVD player. This ship also offers passengers a hot tub and workout room, polar library and many more amenities to suit every passenger’s needs.

As an early booking incentive, travelers who reserve by September 30, 2012, will receive a 25 per cent discount on the top two suites categories and 20 per cent off on all other cabin categories. For more information contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 888-892-0073 or visit


For over 20 years, Quark Expeditions has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel. With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels and seasoned expedition leaders, they offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth. In 2011, Quark was named a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for their “Three Arctic Islands” voyage.

Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 20th annual edition from April 25 – May 5, 2013. An outstanding selection of 180+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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