Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings: May 8 - ‘Rumble’ is the Winner

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World


By Pat Mullen

Following its big win yesterday of the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Film, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World was named the overall favourite of the festival when Hot Docs announced it as the winner of the Hot Docs Audience Award. Rumble, directed by Catherine Bainbridge and co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, opens theatrically at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this summer.

Rumble won a close race that was lead by Step, which fell to third place following its final screening Sunday. The runner-up was Chasing Coral by Jeff Orlowski, who previously won the Audience Award for Chasing Ice.

The Forger by Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, and Pamela Druckerman was named the Audience Award winner for best short documentary while Death in the Terminal by Asaf Sudry and Tali Shemes won the Audience Award for mid-length documentary.

This year’s festival drew record-breaking audiences of over 215,000 attendees at 461 public screenings. “Congratulations to the many wonderfully talented and creative documentary filmmakers who we were honoured to showcase at Hot Docs this year,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie in a statement from the festival. “Toronto audiences loved your films and again demonstrated their deep appreciation and appetite for great docs, whether the stories are from around the corner or around the globe.”

The Top 20 in the overall Audience Award for Hot Docs 2017 are:

  1. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
  2. Chasing Coral
  3. Step
  4. The Last Animals
  5. Dolores
  6. Birth of a Family
  7. Bee Nation
  8. Unarmed Verses
  9. Muhi – Generally Temporary
  10. La Chana
  11. State of Exception
  12. A Better Man
  13. Long Strange Trip
  14. Strad Style
  15. Last Men in Aleppo
  16. Joshua: Teenager Versus Superpower
  17. Unrest
  18. Becoming Bond
  19. City of Ghosts
  20. Shadowman

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