Our two Hot Docs acquisitons, Chasing Ice and Call Me Kuchu both picked up awards at the film festival.
The award for Best International Feature was presented to Call Me Kuchu. The Jury said “Call Me Kuchu explains a great injustice with life-and-death consequences and accomplishes the rare achievement of showing both the human tragedies and the triumphs of the struggle. Combining directorial intent with the prescience and persistence that enables a documentary’s crew to be in an important place at an important time, we the Jury recognize Call Me Kuchu for its wrenching yet inspiring depiction of people trying to succeed as humans and as activists in the face of hatred.”
Chasing Ice won the Hot Docs 2012 People’s Choice Award winner, voted for by the audience itself. In the spirit of documentary filmmaking the prize itself was crowd-funded from audiences through Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite platform. The top 10 films voted for by the audience also included Call Me Kuchu, and two other Dogwoof titles Big Boys Gone Bananas!** and Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.