TORONTO'S HOT DOCS FESTIVAL REPORTS RECORD ATTENDANCE NUMBERS

May 07, 2019

By Maria Madden

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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)

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