Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
|Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Founded||1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada|
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2012 edition of the Festival ran from April 26 to May 6, and had a record attendance of 165,000 featuring 189 films from 54 countries.
At the initiative of Wyndham Wise, then executive director of the Canadian Independent Film Caucus, now the Documentary Organization of Canada, a national association of independent documentary filmmakers, Hot Docs was launched in 1994 by a team led by Debbie Nightingale. Although not directly related to its precursor, the Grierson Seminar, Hot Docs filled the void it left. For the first 5 years, Hot Docs served as a promotional vehicle for Caucus filmmakers; however, in 1998, Chris McDonald, formerly of the Canadian Film Centre, was hired as its first full-time employee and the festival was put on a more professional footing. The founding chair of Hot Docs was filmmaker Paul Jay.
Much of the festival's success can be credited to the logistical support rendered by scores of volunteers every year. Each year the festival screens more than 170 documentaries from all around the world. Along with the Canadian and international competitive programs, the festival features The Doc Shop, an international documentary market, and the Hot Docs Forum (formerly the Toronto Documentary Forum). The festival has been instrumental as the documentary industry’s meeting place with more than 2,000 delegates attending. These delegates include commissioning editors, programmers, filmmakers, buyers and distributors from all over the world. Hot Docs is also home to the Hot Docs Forum, a limited-seat event which was launched in the year 2000. Since then, the Forum has established itself as North America’s essential international documentary market event.
Venues for the 2012 event included the newly renovated and documentary-focused Bloor Cinema, Innis Town Hall, part of the University of Toronto's Innis College, the Isabel Bader Theatre, part of the University of Toronto's Victoria College, the ROM Theatre, the Royal Cinema, the Cumberland Cinemas, the Revue, the Regent, the Fox Theatre and TIFF Bell Lightbox.
- Best Canadian Feature: The World Before Her (D: Nisha Pahuja; P: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja, Ed Barreveld)
- Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature: Peace Out (D: Charles Wilkinson; P: Tina Schliessler)
- Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize: The Boxing Girls of Kabul (D: Ariel J. Nasr; P: Annette Clark)
- Best International Feature: Call Me Kuchu (D: Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright; P: Malika Zouhali-Worrall; USA)
- Special Jury Prize – International Feature: The Law in These Parts (D: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz; P: Liran Atzmor, B.Z. Goldberg; Israel)
- Best Mid-Length Documentary: My Thai Bride (D/P: David Tucker; Australia). The Shorts and Mid-Length Jury also gave an honourable mention to Nessa (D: Loghman Khaledi; P: Katayoon Shahabi; Iran).
- Best Short Documentary: Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy (D: Anna Nykyri; P: Joonas Berghäll; Finland). The Shorts and Mid-Length Jury also gave an honourable mention to Family Nightmare (D/P: Dustin Guy Defa; USA)
- HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award (tie): Bill Ross and Turner Ross for the film Tchoupitoulas (P: Bill Ross, Turner Ross; USA) and Benjamin Kahlmeyer for the film Meanwhile in Mamelodi (P: Boris Frank; Germany)
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Michel Brault
- documentary’s Don Haig Award: Mia Donovan (Inside Lara Roxx, Hot Docs 2011 Official Selection). Charles Officer (Mighty Jerome, Hot Docs 2011 Official Selection) received an honourable mention.
- People's Choice Award: Chasing Ice (D: Jeff Orlowski, USA)
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