DR TV’S METTE HOFFMANN MEYER TO RECEIVE DOC MOGUL AWARD AT 2014 HOT DOCS
Toronto, November 13, 2013 – Hot Docs will present Mette Hoffmann Meyer with the 2014 Doc Mogul Award, which recognizes an individual who, over the course of his or her career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both at home and abroad. Commissioning editor of documentaries for DR TV, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Hoffmann Meyer will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in her honour to be held on Tuesday, April 29, during the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 24 to May 4, in Toronto.
“Her unparalleled support of point-of-view documentaries puts Mette in a class of her own,” says Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “She has a special eye for unique stories and great talent, making her invaluable to the documentary community. Mette is a long-time friend of Hot Docs and an early supporter of the Festival and the Forum, and we look forward to celebrating her as the 2014 Doc Mogul.”
“Documentaries are among the most important ways of describing the world we live in,” says Hoffmann Meyer. “Broadcasters should feel proud of them. I’m lucky to have been born curious, and I find it hard to say how much I am happy to have worked with brilliant, inquiring filmmakers. I also believe in public service broadcasting as a core institution, without which you cannot have a modern democracy.”
Mette Hoffmann Meyer is one of the leading lights in global documentaries. She is head of documentaries and co-productions for DR TV. Coming from a small country, Mette is known throughout the world. She has supported many award-winning films from all over the world including Oscar-winning TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE (USA), THE GATEKEEPERS (Israel), PLEASE VOTE FOR ME (China), THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (USA, Denmark), BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY (Denmark), PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER (UK, Russia), and the 2010 Sundance award-winning THE RED CHAPEL (Denmark). She is the initiator and executive producer of WHY DEMOCRACY? (2008), as well as WHY POVERTY? (2012), a series of eight films shown worldwide in November 2012, involving more than 70 broadcasters and reaching more than 500 million people. The series includes STEALING AFRICA, SOLAR MAMAS, and PARK AVENUE: MONEY, POWER AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. WHY POVERTY? won a Peabody Award in 2012, and was nominated for a Grierson Award in 2013. Realscreen Magazine hailed her as a Maverick: a valued risk taker, willing to invest in young talents. Mette pursues her goals with passion and commitment. She is a free spirit and a courageously outspoken person.
Past winners of the Doc Mogul Award include Women Make Movies’ Debra Zimmerman (2013), Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann (2012), IDFA’s Ally Derks (2011), Films Transit International’s Jan Rofekamp (2010), HBO’s Sheila Nevins (2009), BBC’s Nick Fraser (2008), and Knowledge Network’s Rudy Buttignol (2007).
Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 21st annual edition from April 24 – May 4, 2014. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.
V Kelly & Associates