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Hot Docs 2019 Audience Awards

The winner of the Hot Docs Audience Award is Maxima (D: Claudia Sparrow, USA), the story of Máxima Acuña, an Indigenous Peruvian farmer who refuses to cower to a multi-billion-dollar corporation that wants her land for its mining operation.

On Sunday night, Prey (D: Matt Gallagher, Canada) received the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary, along with a $50,000 cash prize, courtesy of Rogers Group of Funds. Prey, a riveting story of deceit, corruption and vindication that follows a survivor of clergy sexual abuse as he and his lawyer take on the Catholic Church in an Ontario court, also won the DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs this year.

The top audience favourites as determined by audience vote are:

Top 20 Feature Films

  1. Maxima
  2. Prey
  3. Willie
  4. Ask Dr. Ruth
  5. For Sama
  6. Our Dance of Revolution
  7. There Are No Fakes
  8. Gods of Molenbeek
  9. Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery
  10. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
  11. Killing Patient Zero
  12. Knock Down the House
  13. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
  14. Kifaru
  15. Sea of Shadows
  16. Last Breath
  17. Seahorse
  18. Haydee and the Flying Fish
  19. #Female Pleasure
  20. Dear Brother

Top 5 Short Films

  1. St. Louis Superman
  2. Gloria’s Call
  3. Take Me to Prom
  4. Uncaged: A Stand-In Story
  5. A 3 Minute Hug

Top 5 Mid-Length Films

  1. Beloved
  2. Who Let the Dogs Out
  3. “I Told My Mum I Was Going on an R.E. Trip…”
  4. El Toro
  5. Your Last Walk in the Mosque

Top 5 DocX Projects

  1. Traveling While Black
  2. Home After War
  3. Awavena
  4. Through the Masks of Luzia
  5. The Hidden

Top Films by Program
Animal Magnetism: Kifaru
Artscapes: There Are No Fakes
Canadian Spectrum: Prey
International Spectrum: For Sama
Made In Italy: Alla Salute
Making Believe: Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World
Nightvision: Who Let the Dogs Out
Persister: Maxima
Special Presentations: Willie
The Changing Face of Europe: Seahorse
World Showcase: Gods of Molenbeek

Scotiabank Docs For Schools Student Choice Award
Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man

Determined by audience ballot cast by students attending Docs For Schools screenings at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema during the Festival. Sponsored by Scotiabank, the award comes with $5,000 cash prize.



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