Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings: May 4 - ‘Step’ Regains Lead

Cori Granger and the “Lethal Ladies of BLYSW” in Step
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures


By Pat Mullen

The competition is fierce this year. Step regains the #1 spot in the race for the Hot Docs Audience Award. The spunky dance doc about a group of students at an inner city Baltimore high school reclaims the lead it established on the first weekend of the festival after Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of a Family, which took the first place yesterday, fell following its encore screening. Both Step and Birth of a Family have final screenings heading into the last weekend of Hot Docs. The drop for Birth of a Family lets Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World regain the lead for the additional audience award for Canadian film.

New entries to the top 20 include the eco doc Chasing Coral, the enjoyable George Lazenby puff piece Becoming Bond and the short A Friendship in Tow/Toe. Four-hour Grateful Dead doc Long Strange Trip, which played well last night to a loyal crowd of Dead Heads and doc fans at Hart House, sits steady in third place. Docs falling off the chart include Mermaids, Monday’s #1 audience favourite The Road Forward and Susanne Bartsch On Top, which dropped despite an energetic screening in which the New York nightclub promoter brought her signature energy to the crowd.

The top 20 in the race for the Hot Docs Audience Award are:

  1. Step
  2. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
  3. Long Strange Trip
  4. Dolores
  5. La Chana
  6. Chasing Coral
  7. Birth of a Family
  8. Muhi – Generally Temporary
  9. A Friendship in Tow/Toe
  10. Unrest
  11. Bee Nation (Profile | review)
  12. A Better Man
  13. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
  14. Strad Style
  15. Becoming Who I Was
  16. State of Exception
  17. Becoming Bond
  18. Maison du Bonheur
  19. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
  20. Unarmed Verses

Canadian Top 5:

  1. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
  2. Birth of a Family
  3. Bee Nation
  4. A Better Man
  5. State of Exception

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