Hot Docs introduces Rogers Audience Award for Best Cdn Doc

The Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature will be presented to the highest-rated film on the final night of the fest.
March 7, 2017

Hot Docs has added a new prize to its slate of awards.

The Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary, along with its US$37,000 cash prize, will be presented to the director of the winning film. Hot Docs will then host an encore screening of the winning film on the final night of the fest.

The award, established by the Rogers Group of Funds, will be presented to the feature-length film that obtains the highest average rating in Hot Docs Audience Award rankings, which is determined by audience ballot.

To be eligible for the award, a documentary must meet the CRTC’s criteria for Canadian production or coproduction. Films in Hot Docs’ retrospective programs will not be eligible.

Last year, the Rogers Foundation gave the festival a $4 million gift to purchase the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, now named the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The Foundation also donated $1 million to establish a new fund that would provide production grants to Canadian doc filmmakers.

The 2017 Hot Docs film festival runs April 27 to May 7 in Toronto.

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