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2010 Hot Docs Awards and Toronto Forum winners


Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, capped off a week of industry programming and film screenings with its 2010 Awards Presentation. Ten awards and over $72,000 in cash prizes were presented to local and international filmmakers with a documentary at the festival and prizes were award to projects in development at the Toronto Documentary Forum.

A Film Unfinished by Yael Hersonski

Among the documentaries awarded at the festival were:


Best International Feature Award
A FILM UNFINISHED (D: Yael Hersonski; P: Noemi Schory, Itay Ken Tor; Israel)

The Special Jury Prize - International Feature
THE OATH (D: Laura Poitras; P: Laura Poitras, Nasser Arrabyee, Aliza Kaplan, Jonathan Oppenheim; USA, Yemen)

Best Canadian Feature Award
IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY (D: Shelley Saywell, P: Shelley Saywell, Deborah Parks; Canada)

Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature
LEAVE THEM LAUGHING (D: John Zaritsky, P: Montana Berg, Canada/USA)

Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
I SHOT MY LOVE (D: Tomer Heymann; P: Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann, Carl Ludwig Rettinger; Israel, Germany)

Best Short Documentary Award
TUSSILAGO (D: Jonas Odell; Sweden)

2010 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award
Presented to Kim Longinotto by Hot Docs Board of Directors


After the final screening, votes were tallied for the Hot Docs Audience Award. The winner is

THUNDER SOUL (D: Mark Landsman, USA), chronicling the reunion of the Kashmere High School Band – 35 years after their initial success – in honour of their mentor, Conrad "Prof" Johnson.


Projects in development awarded at the Toronto Forum

The Toronto Documentary Forum, the international pitching forum held in connection with Hot Docs, has wrapped its 11th edition, with the announcement of three prizes awarded.

EyeSteelFilm's The Fruit Hunters, which was deemed the best Canadian pitch at the Forum as voted by the commissioning editors in attendance, and won the The Canwest-Hot Docs TDF Pitch Prize. The feature doc and potential series looks at the vast hidden universe of exotic fruit. Pitch team members Yung Chang (director of Up the Yangtze) and Mila Aung-Thwin picked up the $40,000 cash prize.

New prize NFB Digital Development Deal went to Storyline Entertainment's The House That Herman Built, which was awarded a $15,000 cash development deal. The doc about an artist and a Black Panther activist, who has been in solitary confinement for almost 40 years, also won the Cuban Hat Award. The award is decided by TDF observer votes and the prize is the money donated to the hat. This year $1013.67 CDN was raised, which includes a generous $500 gift from Montreal's EyeSteelFilm, along with $18 US, 5 Czech koruna, 2 Israeli new sheqel, 38 Malaysian cents, 20 pence and a Toronto transit token.


The Cuban hat was presented to Iikka Vehkalahti of YLE (Finland), for being named the favourite commissioning editor by TDF observer ballot.


Here you can see the photo gallery from the Hot Docs award ceremony


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