The award is a part of the Talking Pictures Program at the fest, which runs from January 2-12. The film will screen January 9, followed by an awards presentation and a discussion moderated by Indiewire’s Dana Harris.
The Filmmakers Who Make a Difference Award is being given to Poitras in recognition of both the quality of filmmaking she has achieved and of her efforts in bringing an important story to the attention of American filmgoers.
“Laura Poitras’ astonishing documentary,’Citizenfour,’ has played a major role in changing our perceptions regarding fugitive Edward Snowden and about governmental intrusion into our private lives through the tools of technology,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. “It’s for these reasons that the Festival has seen fit to honor her role as a filmmaker who has truly made a difference through her work.”
The award was created by the festival in recognition of the role filmmakers play in bringing awareness to societal issues and to honor filmmakers whose work, both on-screen and off, leads to a positive change in key aspects of our world.