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Top 20 & Rogers Audience Award Winners

During the 2021 Festival, public audiences were able to vote for their favourite films.

The votes are in and we are thrilled to announce the 2021 Hot Doc audience award winners, as well as the winners of the $50,000 CDN Rogers Audience Award, courtesy of Rogers Group of Funds.


Rogers Audience Award Winners

During a special virtual presentation ceremony on the evening of Sunday, May 9, we announced the winners of the $50,000 CDN Rogers Audience Award. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CDN.

The winners are:

  1. FANNY: The Right to Rock
  2. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
  3. Someone Like Me
  4. Still Max
  5. Hell or Clean Water

Top 20

  1. Dear Future Children
  2. Writing with Fire
  3. FANNY: The Right to Rock
  4. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
  5. Someone Like Me
  6. Still Max
  7. Hell or Clean Water
  8. Subjects of Desire
  9. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  10. One of Ours
  11. A Once and Future Peace
  12. We Are the Thousand
  13. Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra
  14. Imad’s Childhood
  15. It Is Not Over Yet
  16. Rebel Hearts
  17. With Drawn Arms
  18. Spirit to Soar
  19. In the Same Breath
  20. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Top 5 Shorts

  1. A Concerto Is a Conversation
  2. The Hairdresser
  3. Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again
  4. Recorder Queen
  5. TIE - The Train Station and The White Death of the Black Wizard

Top 5 Midlengths

  1. Spirit to Soar
  2. Becoming
  3. Holy Bread
  4. Only I Can Hear
  5. Dropstones

Top Films by Program

Artscapes: We Are the Thousand

Canadian Spectrum: Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

The Changing Face of Europe: Raise the Bar

Deep Dive: Philly D.A.

International Spectrum: School of Hope

Made in Colombia: Rebel Love

Markers: Faya Dayi

Nightvision: Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest

Persister: FANNY: The Right to Rock

Special Presentations: Subjects of Desire

Systems Down: It Is Not Over Yet

World Showcase: Dear Future Children



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