‘Maxima’ Edges Out Gordon Lightfoot in Hot Docs Audience Award Update

Maxima


By Pat Mullen

Maxima jumped from the runner-up spot to number one in today’s update of the Hot Docs Audience Award rankings. Claudia Sparrow’s film about Peruvian subsistence farmer Máxima Acuña crept up the list following its second screening, while Matt Gallagher’s Prey, which looks at systemic cover-ups of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, edged out Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind for the top spot in the Canadian rankings. If You Could Read My Mind sits at number five, just one spot above Sundance Audience Award winner Knock Down the House, which premiered to an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday night.

New today, Hot Docs broke down the audience rankings into features, shorts, and mid-length films. St. Louis Superman, which previously took the number one spot overall in the inaugural rankings of the year, is at number one on the shorts list while Faire-Part leads the mid-length films.

The top 20 feature films in the Audience Award rankings are:

  1. Maxima
  2. The Disappearance of My Mother
  3. Prey – Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  4. Ask Dr. Ruth
  5. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind – Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  6. Knock Down the House
  7. Midnight Traveler
  8. Drag Kids – Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  9. Killing Patient Zero – Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  10. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  11. Kifaru
  12. Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts
  13. Conviction – Eligible for Rogers Audience Award
  14. Female Pleasure
  15. Human Nature
  16. Confucian Dream
  17. Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
  18. Sea of Shadows
  19. On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship
  20. In My Blood It Runs

Top 5 Short Films

  1. St. Louis Superman
  2. Exiled
  3. Nyctophobia
  4. Connected
  5. Uncaged: A Stand-In Story

Top 5 Mid-Length Films

  1. Faire-Part
  2. El Toro
  3. Your Last Walk in the Mosque
  4. Symphony at the Ursus Factory
  5. Letter to Theo

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