DRAGON GIRLS directed by Inigo Westmeier took the big prize – the Best International Feature Documentary Award at the 2013 Canadian International Documentary Festval aka Hot Docs. Dragon Girls follows three young female students studying and living at the Shaolin Tagu Kung Fu school, home to over 20,000 students, far away from their homes and families. WHEN I WALK directed by Jason DaSilva received the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award. In WHEN I WALK, director Jason DaSilva, diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis at 25, turns the camera on himself to document a seven-year struggle with the disease that has no cure and a world filled with increasing obstacles. 

Hot Docs ran April 25 – May 5, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

The full list of winners

Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award

WHEN I WALK (D: Jason DaSilva; P: Jason DaSilva, Alice Cook; USA, Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
An additional screening has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
ALPHÉE OF THE STARS (D: Hugo Latulippe; P: Colette Loumède, Éric De Gheldere, Hugo Latulippe; Canada)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC-Ontario, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

documentary Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award
Director Nicolas Renaud for BRAVE NEW RIVER (Canada)
Awarded to a first- or second-time Canadian filmmaker with a feature film in the Canadian Spectrum program, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of documentary.

Best International Feature Documentary Award
DRAGON GIRLS (D: Inigo Westmeier; P: Inigo Westmeier, Andreas Simon; Germany)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
An additional screening has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary
CLOUDY MOUNTAINS (D: Zhu Yu; P: Han Lei; China)
Sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award
Director Lotfy Nathan for 12 O’CLOCK BOYS (USA)
Sponsored by HBO Documentary Films, the award includes a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Best Mid-Length Documentary
THE CIRCLE (D: Bram Conjaerts; P: Kobe Van Steenberghe, Hendrik Verthé; Belgium)
Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, the award includes a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Best Short Documentary Award
NOTES ON BLINDNESS: RAINFALL (D: James Spinney, Peter Middleton; P: Peter Middleton, Jen Kerrison; UK, Australia)
The award includes a $3000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Hot Docs is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentaries, and as winner of the Best Short Documentary Award NOTES ON BLINDNESS: RAINFALL will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.

Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize
Director Khoa Lê for BÀ NỘI (Canada)
Selected by the Inspirit Foundation, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Inspirit Foundation.
An additional screening of BÀ NỘI has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 7:30 pm at the Hart House Theatre.

Lindalee Tracey Award
This award honouring an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour, was presented to two recipients:Antoine Bourges and Rocco Barriuso, both of Toronto.
Each recipient received a $5000 cash prize from Tides/Lindalee Tracey Fund and $5000 in production services from Technicolour Canada.

2013 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award
Les Blank
Having tragically passed away on April 7, 2013, the award was accepted on his behalf by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling, his longtime friends and collaborators.

documentary’s Don Haig Award
Winnipeg-based producer Merit Jensen Carr
This award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of documentary.

2013 Doc Mogul Award
Debra Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies)

This year’s Audience Award winner and the two runners up are:

  1. MUSCLE SHOALS (D: Greg “Freddy” Camalier, USA)
  2. BLOOD BROTHER (D: Steve Hoover, USA)
  3. A WHOLE LOTT MORE (D: Victor Buhler, 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. This year two films tied for the 2013 Filmmakers Award: THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR (D: Tinatin Gurchiani; Georgia, Germany) and THESE BIRDS WALK (D: Bassam Tariq, Omar Mullick; USA).

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