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ACCLAIMED DOC FILMMAKER KIM LONGINOTTO TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT HOT DOCS 2010

JAN ROFEKAMP TO RECEIVE DOC MOGUL INDUSTRY AWARD AND TAHANI RACHED HONOURED WITH FOCUS ON RETROSPECTIVE

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Toronto, January 12, 2010 - The Hot Docs Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has chosen celebrated UK filmmaker Kim Longinotto as the recipient of its Outstanding Achievement Award, which will be presented at the Hot Docs Awards Presentation on Friday, May 7, at the Isabel Bader Theatre. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective during the 17th annual Festival, April 29-May 9, celebrating Longinotto’s distinguished career. Hot Docs is also pleased to pay tribute to Film Transit International’s Jan Rofekamp, who will be feted as this year’s Doc Mogul Award recipient, and Canadian filmmaker Tahani Rached, with this year’s Focus On retrospective.

“We’re fortunate to be honouring the work of these three outstanding individuals, each of whom has made a distinct contribution to documentary culture,” says Hot Docs director of programming, Sean Farnel. “For over 25 years Jan’s sales company, Films Transit, has been a supporter, promoter and enabler for documentary filmmakers around the world. Kim is simply one of the great filmmakers of our time, in any form a true master, and Tahani’s significant body of work deserves recognition and discovery.”

Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto’s rich filmography includes SISTERS IN LAW (2005), winner of a 2008 Peabody Award and two awards in Cannes; THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET (2003), which won the Amnesty International DOEN Award at IDFA and Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs; the recent HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO (2007), winner of the IDFA Special Jury Prize; The BAFTA award-winning DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (1998); DREAM GIRLS (1993), winner of Best Documentary at Films de Femmes, Creteil; and SHINJUKU BOYS (1995), winner for Outstanding Documentary at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Her recent film, ROUGH AUNTIES, screened at Hot Docs in 2009 and was chosen by audiences as one of the top ten favourites of the year. ROUGH AUNTIES won the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary at Sundance in 2009.

Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Kim Longinotto will be in attendance at this year’s Festival. Curated by Hot Docs programmer Shannon Abel, the titles in the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective will be announced in March.

The Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award is presented annually by the Hot Docs Board of Directors in recognition of a filmmaker’s enduring contribution to the documentary form. Past recipients and Hot Docs guests include Alanis Obomsawin (2009), Richard Leacock (2008), Heddy Honigmann (2007), Werner Herzog (2006), Errol Morris (2005), Michael Maclear (2004), Nick Broomfield (2003), Frederick Wiseman (2002), D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (2000) and Albert Maysles (1999).

Hot Docs will present Jan Rofekamp with the 2010 Doc Mogul Award, recognizing an individual who, over the course of her or his career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both at home and abroad. Rofekamp will be presented the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in his honour, to be held on Tuesday, May 4, at The Sutton Place Hotel’s Stop 33 Rooftop Ballroom (955 Bay Street). Luncheon tickets will be available for purchase in mid-January. Jan Rofekamp is president and owner of Films Transit International, one of the world’s leading international distributors of high-profile theatrical feature documentaries. After studying film production at the Dutch Film Academy, Rofekamp co-founded and co-operated film distribution company Fugitive Cinema Holland until 1982, when he founded Films Transit International Inc. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films throughout his career.

Past winners of the Doc Mogul Award include HBO’s Sheila Nevins (2009), BBC’s Nick Fraser (2008) and Rudy Buttignol (2007).

Hot Docs will pay tribute to Tahani Rached with this year’s Focus On retrospective, an annual program showcasing the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker.

Born in Egypt, Tahani Rached settled in Quebec in 1966. After attending Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts, she was involved in community action until she made her first film, POUR FAIRE CHANGEMENT (1972), a documentary produced by Le Vidéographe, which set the tone for all her future work. In 1979, her first feature film, LES VOLEURS DE JOBS, revealed her distinctive view of the world, and was followed by a series of six half-hour documentaries for Radio-Quebec on Quebec’s Arab community. An NFB staff filmmaker from 1980 to 2004, Rached’s films include BEIRUT! NOT ENOUGH DEATH TO GO ROUND (1983); AU CHIC RESTO POP (1990); FOUR WOMEN OF EGYPT (1997); EMERGENCY! A CRITICAL SITUATION (1999); FOR A SONG (2001); SORAIDA, A WOMAN OF PALESTINE (2004), THESE GIRLS (2006) and NEIGHBORS (2009).

Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Tahani Rached will be in attendance at this year’s Festival. Curated by Hot Docs programmer Lynne Fernie, the titles in Focus On Tahani Rached will be announced in March.

Past Focus On honorees include Ron Mann (2009), Jennifer Baichwal (2008), Kevin McMahon (2007), Serge Giguère (2006), Larry Weinstein (2005), Nettie Wild (2004), Shelley Saywell (2003) and Zacharias Kunuk (2002).

Hot Docs is proud to include Rogers, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.

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Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 17th annual edition from April 29 – May 9, 2010. An outstanding selection of 170+ 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 Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 & 6, and The Doc Shop. For more information, please visit www.hotdocs.ca.

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