Hot Docs has wrapped for 2010, with record-breaking attendance and the announcement of the Audience Award and Inaugural Filmmakers Award. An estimated 136,000 theater-goers lined up to take in the screenings over the course of the 11-day event, with the fest reporting a 10% increase in overall sales. ‘This was by far our most successful Hot Docs to date,’ says Hot Docs executive director, Chris McDonald, in a statement.
After the final screening of the event, votes were tallied for the Hot Docs Audience Award and the top ten audience favorites, determined by audience ballot. This year’s winner is Thunder Soul, from American director Mark Landsman. The film documents the reunion of the Kashmere High School band, 35 years after its initial run, to honor its mentor, Conrad Johnson. The other audience favorites are, in order: A Drummer’s Dream from John Walker (Canada); My Life with Carlos from German Berger (Chile/Spain/Germany); Autumn Gold from Jan Tenhaven (Austria/Germany); Leave Them Laughing from John Zaritsky (Canada/U.S.); Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage from Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn (Canada); Listen to This from Juan Baquero (Canada); A Small Act from Jennifer Arnold (U.S.); Waste Land from director Lucy Walker (UK/Brazil) and Marwencol from Jeff Malmberg (U.S.). This year also introduced a new prize, the Filmmakers Award, which gives attending filmmakers the chance to vote for their favorite film. The inaugural recipient was Autumn Gold.