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“Eternal Spring” tops Hot Docs audience awards, claims $25K cash prize

The 2022 Hot Docs festival wrapped up yesterday (May 9) with the announcement of this year’s audience award winners, following the juried awards presentation on May 6. Jason Loftus‘ feature-length documentary Eternal Spring ...
May 10, 2022

The 2022 Hot Docs festival wrapped up yesterday (May 9) with the announcement of this year’s audience award winners, following the juried awards presentation on May 6.

Jason Loftus‘ feature-length documentary Eternal Spring (pictured), which uses animation to re-create Chinese illustrator and activist Daxiong’s memories of a daring takeover of a state television station and his subsequent exile, was the big winner this year. Loftus’ documentary claimed the top spot in the audience awards and won the Rogers Communications–sponsored award for best Canadian documentary, which recognizes the highest-placing Canadian film in the audience poll with a CDN$25,000 cash prize.

The Rogers award also endows the two Canadian runners-up with cash prizes, which this year happened to be numbers two and three in the overall audience poll. Mark Bone’s Okay! (The ASD Band Film), which goes backstage with a band comprised of four autistic musicians as they prepare for their first live gig, took second place, and was awarded $15,000. The third-place film, Barri Cohen’s Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children, an exposé of abuse within one of Canada’s oldest government-run homes for disabled children, claimed the final prize of $10,000.

Joining Eternal Spring in the Hot Docs audience awards roll call was Elsbeth Fraanje’s Sexual Healing, which was named best mid-length documentary; and Jamie Ross’ Dad Can Dance, which won the award for best short documentary.

Rounding out the top 10 feature docs in the Hot Docs audience awards were Shane Belcourt’s Beautiful Scars; Shawn Bannon’s The Smell of Money; Daniel Roher’s Navalny; Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas’ Handle with Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew; Chloe Sosa-SimsHunting in Packs; Reg Harkema’s The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks; and Noura Kevorkian’s Batata, which also received an honorable mention in the juried awards.

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