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'When I Walk,' 'Dragon Girls' Top Hot Docs Winners

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 5, 2013 at 12:33PM

The 20th edition of Hot Docs concluded this weekend with 11 awards and $89,000 in cash and prizes being presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.
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"When I Walk"

The 20th edition of Hot Docs concluded this weekend with 11 awards and $89,000 in cash and prizes being presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.

Jason DaSilva's "When I Walk" -- in which the filmmaker grippingly documents his own  seven-year struggle with a severe form of multiple sclerosis -- led the Canadian winners, while Inigo Westmeier's "Dragon Girls" -- about the students that train in the ancient Shaolin Kung Fu discipline at a school outside Beijing -- led with the international crop.

Here's a full list of winners. Check out Indiewire's list of 10 films we loved at the fest here.

Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
WHEN I WALK (D: Jason DaSilva; P: Jason DaSilva, Alice Cook; USA, Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
An additional screening has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
ALPHÉE OF THE STARS (D: Hugo Latulippe; P: Colette Loumède, Éric De Gheldere, Hugo Latulippe; Canada)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC-Ontario, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

documentary Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award
Director Nicolas Renaud for BRAVE NEW RIVER (Canada)
Awarded to a first- or second-time Canadian filmmaker with a feature film in the Canadian Spectrum program, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of documentary.

Best International Feature Documentary Award
DRAGON GIRLS (D: Inigo Westmeier; P: Inigo Westmeier, Andreas Simon; Germany)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
An additional screening has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary
CLOUDY MOUNTAINS (D: Zhu Yu; P: Han Lei; China)
Sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award
Director Lotfy Nathan for 12 O’CLOCK BOYS (USA)
Sponsored by HBO Documentary Films, the award includes a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Best Mid-Length Documentary
THE CIRCLE (D: Bram Conjaerts; P: Kobe Van Steenberghe, Hendrik Verthé; Belgium)
Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, the award includes a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Best Short Documentary Award
NOTES ON BLINDNESS: RAINFALL (D: James Spinney, Peter Middleton; P: Peter Middleton, Jen Kerrison; UK, Australia)
The award includes a $3000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Hot Docs is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentaries, and as winner of the Best Short Documentary Award NOTES ON BLINDNESS: RAINFALL will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.

Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize
Director Khoa Lê for BÀ NỘI (Canada)
Selected by the Inspirit Foundation, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Inspirit Foundation.
An additional screening of BÀ NỘI has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 7:30 pm at the Hart House Theatre.

Lindalee Tracey Award
This award honouring an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour, was presented to two recipients: Antoine Bourges and Rocco Barriuso, both of Toronto.
Each recipient received a $5000 cash prize from Tides/Lindalee Tracey Fund and $5000 in production services from Technicolour Canada.

2013 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award
Les Blank
Having tragically passed away on April 7, 2013, the award was accepted on his behalf by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling, his longtime friends and collaborators.

documentary’s Don Haig Award
Winnipeg-based producer Merit Jensen Carr
This award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of documentary.

2013 Doc Mogul Award
Debra Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies)

The Netflix Audience Award and audience top ten favourite films of the 2013 Festival, determined by audience ballot, will be announced on Monday, May 6. The public can contribute to a cash prize for the Netflix Audience Award on Hot Docs’ crowd funding service Doc Ignite. Also announced on this day is the Filmmaker Award, determined by ballots cast by Hot Docs 2013 filmmakers.

The 2013 awards for films in competition were determined by three juries.

The Canadian Feature Documentary Jury: Karen Gordon (film reviewer, CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning), Michał Marczak (director, FUCK FOR FOREST), Katherine Monk (national movie writer, Postmedia News Service), Roxanne Sayegh (executive director, Montreal International Documentary Festival).

The International Feature Documentary Jury: Dan Berger (acquisitions, Oscilloscope) Leslie Feist (musician), Raoul Peck (director, FATAL ASSISTANCE), Dawn Porter (director, GIDEON’S ARMY).

The Shorts and Mid-Length Jury: Susan MacKinnon (producer), Ann Pick (producer, director), Rick Salutin (author and journalist, The Toronto Star).


This article is related to: Hot Docs , Documentary





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