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$72,000 IN TOTAL CASH PRIZES TO BE AWARDED AT HOT DOCS AWARDS PRESENTATION ON FRIDAY, MAY 7

AUDIENCE AWARD AND FAVOURITES DETERMINED AFTER CLOSE OF 2010 FESTIVAL

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that $72,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at this year’s Awards Presentation on Friday, May 7, at the Isabel Bader Theatre. The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation will once again generously back the top awards for Canadian feature documentaries at this year’s Festival, providing a $15,000 cash prize for the Best Feature-Length Documentary in the Canadian Spectrum program (co-sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada) and a $10,000 cash prize for the Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature. Created in memory of the late Canadian television journalist and host, the Foundation was created to raise the profile of Canadian talent and support the creation of a Canadian star system.

Hot Docs will also award a $10,000 cash prize to the Best International Feature winner, a $5,000 Special Jury Prize – International Feature winner (sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation), $3,000 prize for the Best Short Documentary (sponsored by Playback), and a $3,000 prize for Best Mid-Length Documentary (sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts).

All awards for films in competition will be decided by the Hot Docs Festival Jury, comprised of esteemed filmmakers, industry professionals, and journalists, and will be announced at the Hot Docs Awards Presentation, May 7 at 7:00 pm, at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West. The evening will be hosted by CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

Also at the Awards Presentation, Hot Docs, documentary, and the Don Haig Award Committee will present the seventh annual documentary’s Don Haig Award to an emerging Canadian filmmaker. The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000 to be used toward his or her filmmaking. The Lindalee Tracey Award, founded in memory of the award-winning director, will present an award and $6,000 cash prize to an emerging Canadian filmmaker who works in the spirit of Lindalee – with passion, humour, a strong sense of social justice and a personal point of view. HBO Documentary Films will also present the HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award, given to an emerging filmmaker in the International Spectrum program.

This evening will also offer a look at the celebrated work of Kim Longinotto, who will be presented with this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award. This year’s Doc Mogul Award winner Jan Rofekamp will be feted at a luncheon in his honour and his achievements highlighted as part of the Awards Presentation.

As a means of fostering the spirit of collegiality, all guest filmmakers screening a film at this year’s Festival are invited to vote for their favorite festival films. The winner of the Filmmaker to Filmmaker Award will also be announced at the Hot Docs Awards Presentation.

All Hot Docs audience members are invited to vote for the Hot Docs Audience Award. Ballots are included on the back of tickets and will be collected at the end of each eligible screening. The Audience Award will be determined following the close of the 2010 Festival, and a list of the 10 audience favourites will also be released at this time. Last year’s Audience Award winner, THE COVE (D: Louie Psihoyos, USA, 2009), went on to win the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature after receiving its international premiere at Hot Docs.

2010 AWARDS AND PRIZES

Best Canadian Feature
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada
$15,000 prize courtesy of the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation

Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature
Sponsored by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation
$10,000 prize courtesy of the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation

Best International Feature
$10,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs

Special Jury Prize - International Feature
Sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation
$5,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs

Best Mid-Length Documentary
Sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts
$3,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs

Best Short Documentary
Sponsored by Playback
$3,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES

documentary’s Don Haig Award
Awarded by the Don Haig Award Committee - $20,000 cash prize generously sponsored by documentary

The Lindalee Tracey Award
$6,000 cash prize and film stock donated by Kodak Canada and valued at $3,000

HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award
Sponsored by HBO Documentary Films

Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award
Presented to Kim Longinotto by the Hot Docs Board of Directors

Doc Mogul Award
Presented to Jan Rofekamp at the special awards luncheon

POST FESTIVAL AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hot Docs Audience Award
Determined by audience ballot

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Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 29 to May 9, 2010, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 and 6, and The Doc Shop.

Hot Docs is proud to include Rogers, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners, with special support from the Government of Ontario.

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