Two NFB films and two filmmakers were honoured at tonight’s awards ceremony at the 2009 Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.
Invisible City, Hubert Davis’ documentary about two boys crossing the threshold into adulthood in Toronto’s Regent Park, was named Best Canadian Feature.
“The Award goes to a film that weds form and content with extraordinary grace and intelligence. It is no small feat to maintain a focus on the raw material of real human experience while honouring the documentary as a cinematic art form,” the Jury said. The award comes with a $15,000 prize.
The Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature was presented to Waterlife, Kevin McMahon’s film about the extraordinary beauty and complex toxicity of the Great Lakes.
“This year the jury awards its Special Jury Prize to a film that speaks to us in a commanding style and with a keen intelligence. It is also an impressive example of how a strongly articulated sense of technique can provide an illuminating and organic understanding of its subject, ” the Jury said. The award comes with a $10,000 prize.
The Don Haig Award, presented to emerging Candian documentary filmmakers, was awarded to Brett Gaylor (RiP! A Remix Manifesto). The Jury also named Tracey Deer (Club Native) a runner up. Each of them received a $10,000 prize.
Watch our playlist of films entered in this year’s Hot Docs festival.