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PARTICIPANT MEDIA’S DIANE WEYERMANN TO RECEIVE DOC MOGUL AWARD AT 2012 HOT DOCS

Toronto, January 18, 2012 – Hot Docs will present Diane Weyermann with the 2012 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 in her or his home country and abroad. Executive vice president of documentary films for Participant Media and founder of the Sundance Documentary Fund, Weyermann will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in her honour, to be held on Tuesday, May 1, during the 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 26 to May 6, in Toronto.

“Diane’s imprint on the documentary world has been immeasurable,” says Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald. “The Sundance Documentary Fund alone has supported hundreds of groundbreaking projects and award-winning filmmakers, and Diane’s work with Participant has produced some of the most important and successful documentary films of the past decade. We are honoured to celebrate our friend and collegue Diane Weyermann as our 2012 Doc Mogul.”

“While I could never think of myself as any kind of mogul, I am truly honoured to receive this award from my esteemed colleagues in the international documentary community,” says Weyermann. “I admire Hot Docs tremendously for everything it has done over the past two decades to support and showcase documentary filmmakers. This is extremely rewarding. Thank you so very much.”

At Participant Media, Weyermann has overseen such documentary projects as the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning FOOD INC., WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS, DARFUR NOW, and the Academy Award-winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Prior to joining Participant Media in October 2005, Weyermann was the Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund, a program supporting documentary films dealing with contemporary human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression from around the world. She launched two annual documentary film labs focused on the creative process, and was also part of Sundance Film Festival’s programming team, where she was instrumental in creating a platform for international documentary work. In addition to her work with art centres and culture programs in the Soros Foundation network, she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund) in 1996. Since the inception of the Fund, Weyermann has been involved with the production of over 300 documentary films from around the world.

Past winners of the Doc Mogul Award include IDFA’s Ally Derks (2011), Films Transit International’s Jan Rofekamp (2010), HBO’s Sheila Nevins (2009), BBC’s Nick Fraser (2008), and The Knowledge Network’s Rudy Buttignol (2007).

Doc Mogul luncheon tickets are now available. To purchase, please contact Jennifer Hobbs at jhobbs@hotdocs.ca.

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Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012. An outstanding selection of 150+ 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 and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the recently acquired Bloor Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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

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