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Hot Docs unveils new pitch prizes

New awards totalling $100K will be handed out to two participating projects at the festival's Forum.
May 2, 2017

The Hot Docs Forum kicked off Tuesday morning (May 2) by announcing that two participating projects will be selected to receive pitch prizes totaling $100,000.

The awards are part of Hot Docs First Look, a new program for philanthropic supporters of and investors in documentary film. The prizes will be underwritten and awarded by First Look participants. After observing all the pitches, the participants will vote on the best two projects, with the winners announced at the Hot Docs Forum closing awards party.

First-place will receive $75,000, with the runner-up receiving $25,000 to help the winners complete their films.

The First Look prizes are the newest — and largest — cash awards up for grabs at the Forum, which runs May 2 to 3 during the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.

The $10,000 Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize is awarded to the best Canadian doc concept as selected by a committee of international buyers, and the Cuban Hat Award goes to the favorite pitch at the event, funded and selected by Forum observers.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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