Hot Docs 2016: And the winners are…

Four Canadians documentaries topped the audience poll at this year's festival

Four Canadian films topped the audience poll at the 2016 Hot Docs festival, with Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk winning the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award, it was announced yesterday.

Arnaquq-Baril’s look at the generational shift in Inuit activism also won the Canadian Documentary Promotion Award, a $25,000 cash prize presented to the Audience Award winner by Telefilm Canada.

Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology took second place in the audience poll Pete McCormack’s Spirit Unforgettable came third and Darby Wheeler’s Hop-Hop Evolution was fourth. Canadian productions accounted for 11 of the titles in the poll’s top 20: also charting were Migrant Dreams (9th), Aida’s Secrets (10th), Wizard Mode (13th), Tempest Storm (15th), Off The Rails (16th), Gun Runners (18th) and Zimbelism (19th).

A number of major awards were announced earlier in the festival. Nettie Wild’s KONELINE: our land beautiful won the $10,000 Best Canadian Feature Documentary prize, and Brett Story’s The Prison In Twelve Landscapes awarded the $5,000 Special Jury Prize in that category.

Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque shared the $3,000 Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award for their film Living With Giants, while Ali Kazimi received an honourable mention for Random Acts Of Legacy.

Aslaug Holm’s Brothers won the $10,000 Best International Feature Documentary Award, while Todd Wider and Jedd Wider’s God Knows Where I Am took the $5,000 Special Jury Prize in that category. Mike Day won the $3,000 Emerging International Filmmaker Award for The Islands And The Whales.

Paul S. Refsdal’s Dugma: The Button won the $3,000 Best Mid-Length Documentary Award, with Aaron Schock’s La Laguna receiving an honourable mention. The $3,000 Best Short Documentary Award went to Mickey Duzyj’s The Shining Star Of Losers Everwhere, with the jury also acknowledging Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s What Happened To Her.

The festival estimated a record audience of 211,000 people attending 462 public screenings of 232 films on 15 screens across the city. For more information, including the top 20 audience poll, click here. | @normwilner

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