‘Angry Inuk’ Wins Hot Docs Audience Award

Photo: Qajaaq Ellsworth / courtesy of the NFB

By Pat Mullen

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk is this year’s Vimeo on Demand Audience Award winner at Hot Docs. The passionate doc about preserving the hunt for seals in the north scooped the prize after climbing in the audience rankings throughout the festival. The win is a fitting victory for the filmmaker after championing positive representations of Inuit on screen throughout her career and seeing Hot Docs audiences become inspired by the film’s call to action. As the highest-ranking independent Canadian production, Angry Inuk also received the the Canadian Documentary Promotion Award and $25 000 in support from Telefilm Canada for marketing and promotion.

The runner-up prize goes to Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology, which held the top spot in the Audience Award ratings until the final hour. The wins for Angry Inuk and The Apology mark a commendable one-two punch for the NFB and cap off a very successful edition of the festival for Canada’s cultural institution. Equally impressive was the appearance of Canadian films in the third and fourth place rankings as Peter McCormack’s Spirit Unforgettable is the second runner-up while Darby Wheeler’s Hip-Hop Evolution ends the festival in fourth place.

The awards end the festival’s record-breaking run of offering 232 films to an estimated 211 000 viewers.

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