Documentary named audience favorite

TORONTO — “War/Dance,” a visually stunning tale of hope for three Ugandan children, was tapped audience favorite at the 14th annual Hot Docs Canadian Intl. Documentary Film Festival that wrapped Sunday.

Winner of the documentary directing award at Sundance, the U.S.-produced pic is directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine and follows three orphans from a displacement camp in that conflict-torn nation as they prepare for a dance and music contest. “War/Dance” is distribbed by ThinkFilm.

As for the festival, organizers said it was the biggest Hot Docs ever. Public attendance was up more than a third from last year at the 11-day fest, with 68,000 filmgoers turning out to sample the slate of 129 films from 25 countries.

Fest also hosted close to 2,000 industry delegates and the flagship pitchfest, the Toronto Documentary Forum, enjoyed the participation of 143 broadcasters, distributors and sales agents from Canada and around the world.

The top 10 films as voted on by the Hot Docs audience are:

  • “War/Dance” (Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine/ USA)
  • “We Are Together” (Paul Taylor/ U.K.)
  • “Garbage Warrior” (Oliver Hodge/ U.K.)
  • “The Suicide Tourist” (John Zaritsky/ Canada)
  • “Forbidden Lies” (Anna Broinowski/ Australia)
  • “Nanking” (Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman/ USA)
  • “City Idol” (Arturo Perez Torres/ Canada)
  • “Hear and Now” (Irene Taylor Brodsky/USA)
  • “Chichester’s Choice” (Simonee Chichester/Canada)
  • “Forever” (Heddy Honigmann/ Netherlands)
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