Monday, May 07, 2012

Chasing Ice Named People’s Choice and The Imposter Takes Filmmakers Award at Hot Docs

After the final Hot Docs screening yesterday, audience votes were tallied for the People's Choice Award. The winner is Chasing Ice (D: Jeff Orlowski, USA), which follows renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog on a harsh Arctic expedition where he captures a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. New this year, a cash prize for the People’s Choice Award winner was crowd-funded from audiences through Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite ( platform. Currently in excess of $4000, the public can further contribute to this cash prize until Monday, May 14.

The top ten audience favourites as determined by audience vote are:

1. Chasing Ice (D: Jeff Orlowski, USA)
2. Big Boy Gones Bananas!* (D: Fredrik Gertten, Sweden)
3. G-Dog (D: Freida Mock, USA)
4. We Are Wisconsin (D: Amie Williams, USA)
5. Life in Stills (D: Tamar Tal, Israel)
6. Brooklyn Castle (D: Katie Dellamaggiore, USA)
7. 5 Broken Cameras (D: Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat; France, Israel, Palestine)
8. Jason Becker, Not Dead Yet (D: Jessie Vile, UK)
9. Call Me Kuchu (D:Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright; USA)
10. The World Before Her (D: Nisha Pahuja; Canada, Germany, USA, UK)

Also during this year's Hot Docs Festival, attending filmmakers with official selections in the Festival were invited to vote for their favourite film. The winner of the 2012 Filmmakers Award is The Imposter (D: Bart Layton, UK).

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