Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, Matt Gallagher’s Prey, Pailin Wedel’s Hope Frozen and For Sama from Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts took home top prizes at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival’s awards ceremony on Friday evening (May 3) in Toronto.
Hubbard’s film, which explores the 2016 killing of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, and his family’s search for justice, took the award for best Canadian feature documentary. The jury called it “a lasting document that brings together past and future to illuminate oppression and resilience.”
Gallagher’s film, which follows a survivor of sexual abuse and his efforts to pursue justice, received the DGC special jury prize for a Canadian feature doc.
Wedel’s doc, meanwhile, about a grieving family in Bangkok that decides to cryopreserve a two-year-old daughter, was named best international documentary feature, with the jury calling it “a story that disarms our preconceptions and embodies grace.”
The acclaimed For Sama continued its festival awards run with the special jury prize for an international feature documentary.
Emily Gan took the emerging Canadian filmmaker award for Cavebirds and Nuno Escudeiro received the emerging international filmmaker honor for The Valley.
The best mid-length doc nod went to Symphony of the Ursus Factory from Jaśmina Wójcik while the best international short documentary award went to Call Confession from Arturo Aguilar. The best Canadian short doc award went to Kora: A Circle Life from Tenzin Sedon.
The Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary will be presented on the final night of the fest, May 5.