Hot Docs ’16: “Koneline,” “Brothers” take prizes

Nettie Wild's Koneline: our land beautiful (pictured) and Aslaug Holm's Brothers were among the top winners at this year's edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival's awards ceremony.
May 6, 2016

Nettie Wild’s Konelīne: our land beautiful (pictured) and Aslaug Holm’s Brothers were among the top winners at the 23rd edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

In total, Hot Docs presented 12 awards and CAD$67,000 (US$52,000) in cash and prizes to Canadian and international filmmakers participating in this year’s festival.

Konelīne: our land beautiful, which provides an in-depth look at the Tahltan First Nation who have inhabited remote northwestern British Columbia for thousands of years, was awarded with the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs. The film will screen again tomorrow afternoon (May 7) at 3:15 p.m. at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre.

Holm’s Brothers (Norway), meanwhile, which follows two brothers as they grow from toddlers into teenagers as captured by their mother, received the Best International Feature Documentary Award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Panicaro Foundation.

Elsewhere, Special Jury Prizes were presented to Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes for Canadian Feature Documentary, and Todd and Jedd Wider’s God Knows Where I Am in the International Feature Documentary category. Both Special Jury Prizes come with a cash prize of $5,000 courtesy of Hot Docs.

The Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award, which recognizes first or second-time Canadian filmmakers in the Canadian Spectrum program, was presented to Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque‘s Living With Giants, while Mike Day’s The Islands and the Whales (UK, Denmark) was honored with the Emerging International Filmmaker Award. Paul S. Refsdal’s Dugma: The Button (Norway), meanwhile, picked up the Best Mid-Length Documentary.

Mickey Duzyj’s The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere picked up the Best Short Documentary Award, which will now qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.

Honorable mentions were in the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker category for Random Acts of Legacy by Ali Kazami, and in the Mid-Length Documentary category for La Laguna by Aaron Schock.

Canadian filmmaker Michael Chen was honored with the Lindalee Tracey Award and a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of the Lindalee Tracey Fund and $5,000 in post-production services from Technicolor. The award aims to recognize emerging Canadian filmmakers with “a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humor.”

The Toronto-based festival also presented Storyline Entertainment CEO Ed Barreveld with the Don Haig Award and Hoop Dreams director Steve James with the 2016 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award earlier this week; and Iikka Vehkalahti – executive producer of IV Films, Rough Cut Service and Dare to Dream Asia – with the Doc Mogul Award earlier this year.

The Vimeo on Demand Audience Award, the audience top 10 favorite films and the Canadian Documentary Promotion Award will all be announced on Monday (May 9).

The Canadian Documentary Promotion Award – along with a $25,000 cash prize courtesy of Telefilm Canada to market the film to international audiences – is handed out to an independently-produced Canadian feature that receives the highest rating in the audience pole.

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