The team responsible for making the documentary Wilfred Buck is CA$10,000 richer as the 2021 online edition of the Hot Docs Forum wraps.
The documentary (pictured) – directed by Lisa Jackson and produced by Jackson and Alicia Smith for Door Number 3 Productions (Canada) and the National Film Board of Canada – won the Canadian Forum Pitch Prize, presented in partnership with DGC National and DGC Ontario.
The film follows a man known as “the Indiana Jones of Indigenous star knowledge,” weaving his past with his present to explore colonization’s impact on Indigenous ways of knowledge.
The Canadian Forum Pitch Prize is awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the Forum as voted on by attending international buyers.
Made In Ethiopia, directed by Xinyan Yu and Max Duncan and produced by Yu, Duncan and Tamara Dawit for Made In Ethiopia LLC (U.S.) and Canada’s Gobez Media Inc., won honourable mention and $2,000.
Overall, the key international co-financing market event hosted two days of pitches, with 20 projects representing 16 countries up for consideration.
Women represented 20 of the 25 directors and 36 of the 58 producers as everyone pitched to a virtual roundtable of more than 50 producers and decision makers, filmmakers and juries.
All-access Hot Docs pass holders will be able to view the pitches on the online conference platform at hotdocs.ca through May 31, with curated one-on-one pitch meetings arranged through the Hot Docs Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous programs continuing throughout the month.
The winners of the First Look Pitch Prize and $110,000 in cash awards, along with the recipient of the SunnySide of the Doc Pitch Prize, will be announced Monday (May 10.)
Hot Docs sponsors include Presenting Platinum Partner Scotia Wealth Management; Founding Partner Rogers Group of Funds; Signature Partner CBC Gem; Presenting Partners Crave and Netflix and major supporters Telefilm Canada and the Government of Ontario.