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Top 20 Audience Picks - May 5

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top films in the running for the 2021 audience awards. Last updated at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

To vote, watch a film, then click on the stars on the film streaming page (1 - lowest, 5-highest) to cast your vote. Voting closes on May 8, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  1. A Once and Future Peace
  2. Dear Future Children
  3. We Are the Thousand
  4. One of Ours - Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  5. Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
  6. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy - Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  7. Hell or Clean Water - Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  8. Vicenta
  9. Philly D.A.
  10. Still Max - Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  11. Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra
  12. Room Without a View
  13. Spirit to Soar
  14. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  15. Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
  16. Recorder Queen
  17. Writing with Fire
  18. Rebel Hearts
  19. Imad’s Childhood
  20. Dying to Divorce

All official selections are eligible for the Hot Docs audience awards, which will recognize the top films as determined by audience poll. The winner of the Hot Docs Audience Award for feature documentary also qualifies for consideration for the Oscar for Documentary Feature without standard theatrical runs, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.

Rogers Audience Award

This year, the $50,000 CAD Rogers Audience Award, courtesy of Rogers Group of Funds, will honour the top five Canadian documentaries in the audience poll. On May 9, the directors of the top five eligible Canadian documentaries in the audience poll will receive a cash prize of $10,000. View list of eligible films

The current top five are:

  1. One of Ours
  2. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
  3. Hell or Clean Water
  4. Still Max
  5. Someone Like Me


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