Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced it will be honoring filmmaker Kim Longinotto and Films Transit International’s Jan Rofekamp while adding a retrospective on the last decade of docs to its 2010 festival.
For the the 2010 edition of Hot Docs, Longinotto will receive the outstanding achievement award. As part of the award, the director of the Peabody Award winning doc Sister in Law and Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary winner Rough Aunties will receive a retrospective at the festival. In addition, Rofekamp will be honored with the Doc Mogul Industry Award and Canadian filmmaker Tahani Rached will be the focus of this year’s Focus On retrospective.
‘We’re fortunate to be honoring the work of these three outstanding individuals, each of whom has made a distinct contribution to documentary culture,’ says director of programming, Sean Farnel. ‘For over 25 years Jan’s sales company, Films Transit, has been a supporter, promoter and enabler for documentary filmmakers around the world. Kim is simply one of the great filmmakers of our time, in any form a true master, and Tahani’s significant body of work deserves recognition and discovery.’
The festival also announced it will feature a special retrospective on the past 10 years of docs through its Ripping Reality section of programming. Though the festival has not yet released which films it’s planning to run in this category, it is due to feature ‘significant works’ of the past decade, mapping the growth and popularity of non-fiction film during this time. ‘We think the past decade has seen a new wave emerge within documentary culture,’ says Farnel. ‘Yet unlike other new wave movements in the history of cinema this one remains largely undefined, unheralded. But Ripping Reality is not just about looking back, it is about informing and furthering the vitality of documentary through the next decade.’ Ripping Reality is intended to serve as a catalyst for more special program initiatives from the festival over the next year.
This year’s Made In program, which focuses on docs from or about a specific region, will focus on South America. Last year’s focus region was South Korea.
Hot Docs 2010 will run from April 29 to May 9.