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iW NEWS | "English Surgeon," "Junior" Top Winners at Hot Docs

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 26, 2008 at 7:36AM

The winners of the 15th Annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival were announced Friday night at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. Ten awards and $30,000 in cash and prizes were presented. Geoffrey Smith's "The English Surgeon" won for best international feature documentary, with the jury commenting in a statement: "Polished and shameless, in the best sense of combining two seemingly contradictory elements and shaping them into a satisfying and penetrating whole." Isabelle Lavigne and Stephane Thibault's hockey doc "Junior" won the award for best canadian feature documentary. Special jury prizes were awarded to Tamar Yarom's "To See If I'm Smiling" in the international category, and Nik Sheenan's "Flicker" in the Canadian category. The new HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award was presented to Boris Despodov for "Corridor #8." The festival continues until Sunday, and the winners for both the audience award and CIDA Award for best Canadian film will be announced Monday, April 28. [Peter Knegt]
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The winners of the 15th Annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival were announced Friday night at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. Ten awards and $30,000 in cash and prizes were presented. Geoffrey Smith's "The English Surgeon" won for best international feature documentary, with the jury commenting in a statement: "Polished and shameless, in the best sense of combining two seemingly contradictory elements and shaping them into a satisfying and penetrating whole." Isabelle Lavigne and Stephane Thibault's hockey doc "Junior" won the award for best canadian feature documentary. Special jury prizes were awarded to Tamar Yarom's "To See If I'm Smiling" in the international category, and Nik Sheenan's "Flicker" in the Canadian category. The new HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award was presented to Boris Despodov for "Corridor #8." The festival continues until Sunday, and the winners for both the audience award and CIDA Award for best Canadian film will be announced Monday, April 28. [Peter Knegt]