About the filmmakers
Each year the People’s Choice Award is selected by the Hot Docs audience. All official selections in the Festival, except retrospective titles, are eligible.
Audience members vote by using their ticket as a ballot, rating the films on a scale of 1 (fair) to 5 (excellent). Votes are tabulated and weighted to recognize average ratings, ensuring that films programmed in smaller venues aren’t at a disadvantage.
During the Festival, Hot Docs will release a list of the current Top 10 audience favourites each day. Visit the Doc Ignite Blog to find out which film is in the lead.
Previous People’s Choice Award winners:
2011 – SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (Linda Goldstein Knowlton)
2010 – THUNDER SOUL (Mark Landsman)
2009 – THE COVE (Louie Psihoyos)
2008 – TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI (Lisa Merton, Alan Dater)
2007 – WAR/DANCE (Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine)
2006 – LION IN THE HOUSE (Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert)
2005 – STREET FIGHT (Marshall Curry)
2004 – DEATH IN GAZA (James Miller)
2003 – WAR BABIES (Raymonde Provencher)
2002 – THE LAST JUST MAN (Steven Silver)
2001 – SOUTHERN COMFORT (Kate Davis)