May 07, 2019
By Maria Madden
Toronto’s Hot Docs festival is reporting another record-breaking year of attendance figures.
The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival says the 26th edition drew in about 2 hundred and 28 thousand people.
That’s up from last year’s estimated audience of 2 hundred and 23 thousand – and also up from the 2 hundred and 15 thousand reported in 2017.
Matt Gallagher’s ”Prey” won the 50 thousand dollar Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary.
It also took a 5 thousand dollar special jury prize for its look at a survivor of clergy sexual abuse who takes on the Catholic church in an Ontario court.
Claudia Sparrow’s “Maxima,” about an Indigenous Peruvian farmer in a land dispute with a mining operation, landed the Hot Docs Audience Award for a feature film.
(The Canadian Press)