Tristan Patterson’s “Dragonslayer,” about a California skate-punk, nabbed best international feature and C$10,000 ($10,343), at the Hot Docs awards presentation on Friday.
Pic world preemed in March at SXSW where it won the best docu and docu cinematography prizes.
Hot Docs’ special jury prize for international feature and $5,172 went to Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti’s “The Castle, exposing border security tensions at Milan’s Malpensa airport.
The international jury also gave honorable mention kudos to Lotte Stoops’ “Grande Hotel” and Danfung Dennis’ “Hell and Back Again,” which was acquired for North America by New Video during the fest.
Director Michal Marczak nabbed the HBO Documentary Films emerging artist award for his helming bow, “At the Edge of Russia,” about a young recruit’s life patrolling a remote Arctic post.
Julia Ivanova’s “Family Portrait in Black and White,” which was pitched at last year’s Hot Docs Forum, landed best Canadian feature and $15,515. The docu explores the domestic dynamic of supermom Olga Nenya, who’s raising 15 abandoned mixed-race kids in Ukraine.
The special jury prize for Canadian feature and $10,343 was split between Isabelle Lavigne and Stephane Thibault’s Cairo-set belly-dancing docu “At Night, They Dance” and Thomas Selim Wallner’s Gitmo expose “The Guantanamo Trap.” The Canadian feature jury gave an honorable mention to David York’s “Wiebo’s War.”
Best mid-length documentary and $3,103 went to Eline Flipse’s “Our Newspaper,” about an upstart broadsheet in a remote Russian village, while Boris Gerrets’ “People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am” landed an honorable mention.
Catherine van Campen’s “Flying Anne” won $3,103, for short documentary, with the jury giving honorable mention to Pete Gleeson’s “Something to Tell You.”
Veteran Canuck filmmaker Terence Macartney-Filgate was presented with the 2011 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award at an event earlier in the day.
The previously announced Don Haig Award, which comes with a $20,687 prize, went to Toronto writer-filmmaker Rama Rau, whose “The Market” world preemed at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival in Amsterday in November.
Quebec’s Alexandre Hamel won the Lindalee Tracey Award (and $6,206), which honors emerging Canuck docu talent.
Hot Docs closes Sunday. The ballot-determined Hot Docs audience and filmmaker awards will be announced Monday.