'At the Edge of Russia' wins Filmmakers Award

TORONTO — Michal Marczak’s “At the Edge of Russia” nabbed the Hot Docs Filmmakers Award, voted for by all the helmers in the official selection at the event, which wrapped its most successful round of public screenings and industry events on Sunday.

“Somewhere Between” nabbed the fest’s Sundance Channel People’s Choice Award. The aud fave, helmed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton (“The World According to Sesame Street”), follows four Chinese-born adoptees coming of age in the U.S. and caught between two cultures.

Pic about the men who patrol an Arctic outpost also won the HBO Documentary Films emerging artist award on Friday.

“PC Bang: The Rise of Esports Hero” won the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Rendezvous pitch prize and C$5,000 (U.S. $5,193) cash prize.

Organizers estimate 151,000 viewers saw 360 public screening of 199 films, an 11% rise in attendance from 2010.

The week of industry programming, including the two-day Hot Docs Forum, was attended by 2,376 industryites from around the world, including official delegations from the U.S., U.K., Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Nordic region and South Africa.

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