Hot Docs Delegate Count Breaks Record, ‘Wilfred Buck’ Award Wins Prize
The Hot Docs Forum, the two-day international event in the festival’s co-funding market, closed on Wednesday after 20 teams, representing 16 countries, presented their projects to a virtual roundtable bringing together more than 50 major funders. documentary collections and makers from all over the world.
The Canadian Forum Pitch Prize has been awarded to director Lisa Jackson’s ‘Wilfred Buck’ (pictured above), who tells the story of a man who is called Indiana Jones of Indigenous craftsmanship while exploring the impact of colonization on indigenous ways of knowing. The film is produced by Jackson and Alicia Smith for Door Number 3 Productions and by the National Film Board of Canada.
The cash prize of CAN $ 10,000 is awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the Forum, as voted by international buyers in attendance, and is presented this year in partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario.
The Canadian Forum Pitch Prize jury awarded honorable mention, together with a cash prize of CAN $ 2,000, to ‘Made in Ethiopia’, which follows three women as they navigate the expansion of the world’s largest industrial park Chinese in Ethiopia, from directors Xinyan Yu and Max Duncan, who also produces with Tamara Dawit.
Certain forum locations can be viewed by All-Access pass holders on the conference platform until May 31. Deal Maker, the organized program of one-on-one meetings between presentation teams and decision-makers, runs through May 19 and the distribution appointment throughout the month.
The Hot Docs industry team confirmed yesterday that the conference and market side of the festival saw 3,300 registered delegates from 86 countries – both figures breaking previous records – including more than 200 decision makers.
“We are deeply touched by the success of this year’s Forum,” Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Acting Director of Industry Programs said in a statement. “Thank you to the tenacious filmmakers and daring decision makers who made the 22nd edition – and our second annual online event – a huge success!”
“While we don’t expect to mount another edition while physically disconnected from our international documentary community, we are extremely inspired by artists who have persevered in seeking creative approaches to filmmaking,” said Dorota Lech , Hot Docs industry programmer and forum producer. “Congratulations to all the filmmakers, we are impressed with your persistence!”
The winners of the first Pitch Prize, who will receive a total of CAD $ 110,000 in cash, and the recipient of the Sunny Side of the Doc Pitch Prize will be announced on May 10.
Since the Doc Shop and other programs run through May, registration for Hot Docs Industry is open until Sunday.