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CANWEST-HOT DOCS FUNDS GRANT RECIPIENTS AND TDF SELECTED PROJECTS TO PREMIERE AT 2010 FESTIVAL

FUNDS TO AWARD CASH PRIZES TO BEST CANADIAN TDF AND RENDEZVOUS PITCHES

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs is pleased announce that two Canadian films making their world premieres in the Canadian Spectrum program at the upcoming Festival are recipients of funding from the Canwest-Hot Docs Documentary Funds. In addition to these titles, three films pitched as part of previous editions of Hot Docs’ renowned Toronto Documentary Forum will also screen as official selections in this year’s Festival, April 29 to May 9.

The two Canwest-Hot Docs Documentary Funds grant recipients making their world premieres at this year’s Hot Docs are:

LAND
Recipient of funding from the Canwest-Hot Docs Completion Fund
D: Julian Pinder | Canada | 76 min | World Premiere
Burnt-out baby-boomers, Sandinistas, and ex-lefty capitalist developers clash in a wild-west showdown over land in a bucolic Nicaraguan seaside town. The fed-up locals have a few surprises in store for the would-be imperialistas.

LIFE WITH MURDER
Recipient of funding from the Canwest-Hot Docs Development Fund
D: John Kastner | Canada | 93 min | World Premiere
Both a gripping murder mystery and a complex psychological thriller, LIFE WITH MURDER captures the ordeal of small-town-Ontario parents who steadfastly stand by their son after he is convicted of killing his sister.

The three titles pitched as part of previous editions of the TDF and now screening at this year’s Hot Docs are:

SECRETS OF THE TRIBE
Pitched at the Toronto Documentary Forum in 2004 as “Fierce People”
D: José Padilha | Brazil | 94 min | Canadian Premiere
Academic bickering has never been as luridly scandalous as between the anthropologists studying the Yanomami, an isolated tribe in the Amazon Basin. Jaw-dropping ethical breaches leave generational scars on the world’s last “pure” society.

SINS OF MY FATHER
Pitched at the Toronto Documentary Forum in 2008
D: Nicolas Entel | Colombia | 93 min | Canadian Premiere
How should Sebastián Marroquín, son of Pablo Escobar - the ruthless, feared and revered Colombian drug lord - lay his father’s ghost to rest? In this riveting documentary, featuring never-seen-before footage, Marroquín breaks his silence and embarks on a journey of reconciliation.

STOLEN LAND
Pitched at the Toronto Documentary Forum in 2007 as “Peaceful Warriors”
D: Margarita Martinez, Miguel Salazar | Colombia | 73 min | Canadian Premiere
Embedded on the frontlines with Nasa leader Lucho and his fiercely proud people, the director captures their against-all-odds struggle to reclaim their ancestral land, confronting the Columbian government’s brutal paramilitaries with non-violent resistance.

For the second consecutive year, the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds TDF Pitch Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the 2010 event, as determined by the votes of international (non-Canadian) commissioning editors in attendance. The winner will receive a $40,000 cash prize to be used towards the production and completion budget for their project.

One Canadian pitch at Rendezvous will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Canwest-Hot Docs Development Funds.

Established in 2008, the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund. The Canwest-Hot Docs Funds aim to increase the quantity and quality of social, cultural and political one-off documentaries produced in Canada by Canadian-based production companies.

A showcase forum for over 500 leading industry professionals, the TDF is focused around a schedule of pre-selected international project presentations made to a roundtable of key international commissioning editors and an observers gallery composed of fellow producers, distributors, sales agents, funders and other buyers.

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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.

The Hot Docs documentary Box Office (55 Avenue Road, 2 blocks north of Bloor St. W., lower level of Hazelton Lanes) is open for advance ticket and pass sales. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150. Single tickets to screenings are $12 each. Late night screenings (after 11 p.m.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late Night Pass (one ticket to each screening). A Festival Pass (10 tickets) is $98 and a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $180 ($300 for two passes). Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for students and seniors (subject to availability) with valid photo ID at the venue box offices on the day of the screening.

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