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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs proudly welcomes the filmmakers, industry veterans and journalists who will sit on the 2010 Hot Docs Festival Jury. It is the jury members’ duty to preside over the awards selection for the films in official competition, determining the winners in the categories of Best Canadian Feature (selected from the Canadian Spectrum program), Best International Feature (selected from the International Spectrum program), Best Short Documentary and Best Mid-Length Documentary. Jurors will also select special jury prizes in the Best Canadian and Best International Feature categories. Winners will be announced at the Hot Docs Award Presentation on Friday, May 7, 7 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

“This year’s jury boasts a robust range of talent, taste and expertise,” says Chris McDonald, executive director of Hot Docs. “Their cumulative skills and experience will ensure a fascinating and nuanced deliberation process. I look forward to helping moderate their discussions.”

The 2010 Hot Docs Festival Jury members are:


  • Alice Klein (CEO, Now Magazine)
  • Liz Mermin (Director, HORSES)
  • Martijn te Pas (IDFA)


  • Gonzalo Arijón (Director, Eyes Wide Open - Exploring Today’s South America)
  • Sturla Gunnarsson (President of the Directors Guild of Canada)
  • Chris Hegedus ( Co-Director, Kings of Pastry)


  • Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX)
  • Judy Gladstone (BravoFACT)
  • Alberto Ramos Ruiz (Havana Film Festival)

Juror Biographies:

Canadian Features

Alice Klein
Named in 2000 as one of the 100 Graduates Who Shaped the Century by the University of Toronto Alumnae Association, Alice Klein is co-founder, editor, and CEO of Toronto’s fiercely independent news and entertainment weekly, NOW magazine. Launched in 1981, NOW boasts a weekly readership of 371,000. The paper’s website features daily multimedia content and attracts 260,000 page views each week. A frequent NOW contributor, Alice writes about the local, national and world economy, politics, and the environment. Alice is also a documentary producer, director, and writer (2007’s Call of the Hummingbird). She is co-founder and a director of the NXNE Music Festival, a founding member of Green Enterprise Toronto, and one of the co-creators of She serves on the board of the Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, and the Centre for Social Innovation.

Liz Mermin
Liz Mermin’s documentary features explore a variety of subjects, from the personality quirks of charismatic Irish racehorses (Horses) to culture clashes between American and Afghan hairdressers (The Beauty Academy of Kabul) to the complex relationship between a Bollywood star and gangster-terrorists (Shot in Bombay). Liz has made five films for BBC/Storyville (the films noted above, plus Team Qatar and Office Tigers), three of which were released in cinemas. She co-directed her first film, On Hostile Ground, which played theatrically in the US. She has directed and edited docs and public service announcements for US broadcasters (including Sundance Channel, PBS, and ABC), was a 2006 Renew Media fellow, has degrees in literature and cultural anthropology, and became interested in film as a Fulbright scholar in Dakar. A former New Yorker, she now lives in London.

Martijn te Pas
Martijn te Pas coordinates the program department of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where he is responsible for overseeing all research activities, processing and viewing film festival entries, and acquiring content for IDFA TV. He also selects many music films at IDFA and compiles the IDFA Competition for Student Documentaries. Aside from the festival, IDFA consists of three other components: the Jan Vrijman Fund, the FORUM, and Docs for Sale. All of these were established in order to improve the international climate for creative documentaries. Martijn has been working for IDFA since 2000. He is also the documentary advisor for the Dutch Mediafund, which provide grants to encourage the development and production of cultural radio and television programs.

International Features

Gonzalo Arijon
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Gonzalo Arijon has been living in France since 1979 and holds dual citizenship. Gonzalo studied anthropology and filmmaking. Over the past 15 years, he has directed numerous documentaries, including the award-winning Stranded about a team of Uruguayan rugby players who survived 72 days in the Andes mountains after their plane crashed. Other films include Far, Far Away from Rome, Goodbye Poppies, For These Eyes, and Somalia: The Price of Spilt Blood.

Sturla Gunnarsson
Sturla Gunnarsson is one of Canada’s most prolific and accomplished filmmakers, moving with ease between feature films, documentaries, and television drama. His work has received scores of international accolades including Genie, Gemini and Emmy Awards, the Prix Italia, and an Oscar nomination. Dramatic features include Beowulf and Grendel, Rare Birds, Such a Long Journey, and Diplomatic Immunity. Documentaries include Air India 182, Gerrie & Louise, Final Offer, and After the Axe. Sturla is the national president of the Directors Guild of Canada.

Chris Hegedus
For 35 years, Chris Hegedus has directed, shot, and edited films. In 1994, The War Room, co-directed with D.A. Pennebaker, was nominated for an Academy Award and won the National Board of Review as Best Documentary. In 2002, Chris received the prestigious Director’s Guild Award for Best Director and the International Documentary Association Award for She won two Emmys for Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, produced by HBO. Chris has directed several music features including Depeche Mode 101, Down from the Mountain, and Only the Strong Survive. She has received career awards from the IDA, Hot Docs, and Full Frame. She taught at Yale for eight years and received their Film Studies Award. Her new film, Kings of Pastry, screened at both the IDFA and Berlin film festivals.

Short and Mid-Length Films

Tine Fischer
From 1996 to 2003, Tine Fischer worked as the program head at the National Cinematheque of Denmark and as acquisition consultant at the Danish Film Institute covering contemporary art cinema, video art, experimental film, and documentaries. In 2002, she founded CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, one of Europe’s leading documentary film events and one that she continues to lead. In 2006, Tine launched DOX-ON-WHEELS, a Danish documentary distribution company, and in 2008, together with four key European film festivals, she launched the Doc Alliance video-on-demand platform. Over the last 10 years, Tine has been involved in the contemporary art scene as the co-owner of a leading Scandinavian art gallery. She holds a degree in film and media studies from the University of Copenhagen.

Judy Gladstone
Judy Gladstone has been the executive director of CTV’s Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) since 1997. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada, having awarded $20 million in grants for the production of more than 1,400 shorts over the past 15 years. The shorts are broadcast in Canada in a half-hour show on Bravo! and on ‘A’ channels across the country, and are often honoured at local, national, and international film festivals and industry events. Judy is invited to speak at conferences and film festivals around the world. Her previous work experience includes running the Canada Fund for Dialogue and Development in the Middle East after serving as Canada’s cultural attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Judy has a master’s degree in psychopedagogy from the Sorbonne, a master’s in occupational therapy from the University of Haifa, and a Bachelor of Arts from Université Laval.

Alberto Ramos Ruiz
Alberto Ramos Ruiz is a film critic and festival programmer. His reviews have appeared in Ecos, Cine Cubano, Ciemme, cin&media, and SIGNIS Media. He has covered festivals worldwide, including Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, and San Sebastián, and he has served on FIPRESCI, SIGNIS, and ecumenical juries. Alberto has contributed to critical compilations, as well as to a dictionary of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American cinema. He taught Cuban cinema in the academic exchange program at Sarah Lawrence College in Havana from 2005 through 2008. At present, Alberto works at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema as programmer of its Official Section and sidebars like World Documentary Panorama and Experimental Cinema.


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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