Hot Docs 2015: The Winners

There are still a couple of days.


There are still a couple of days left in the 2015 edition of Hot Docs, but the festival has already named this year’s awards winners at a Friday evening ceremony at the Shangri-La hotel.

Charles Wilkinson’s Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World won the $10,000 best Canadian feature documentary award Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina Profile won the special jury prize for Canadian feature documentary, which carries a $5,000 purse.

Karen Guthrie’s The Closer We Get was named best international feature documentary, an award that also came with a $10,000 prize. Ostap Kostyuk’s The Living Fire took the $5,000 special jury prize for that category. Adam Lough’s Hot Sugar’s Cold World received an honourable mention from the jury.

Ryan Mullins, director of Chameleon, won the emerging Canadian filmmaker award, while Evangelia Kranioti, director of Exotica, Erotica, Etc., was named this year’s emerging international filmmaker. Each award carries a $5,000 cash prize.

Søren Steen Jespersen and Nasib Farah’s Warriors From The North was named best mid-length documentary the jury also gave an honourable mention to Adam Benzine’s Lanzmann. Eleanor Mortimer’s Territory won best short documentary, with that jury also acknowledging How To Cross (From Jiliz To Jiliz), from Sona Kocharyan and Marine Kocharyan.

Anne Pick, producer of John Zaritsky’s A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics, was given this year’s Don Haig award, presented annually to a Canadian producer, while Yosef Baraki was presented with the Lindalee Tracey Award – honouring “an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view” – for his film Mina Walking, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Hot Docs continues through Sunday (May 3). The Vimeo On Demand Audience Award and audience Top 20 will be announced on Monday (May 4), along with the festival’s Filmmaker To Filmmaker award.

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