‘Maxima’ Regains Lead in Hot Docs Audience Award Race


By Pat Mullen

Maxima is back on top! For the first time since the festival began, a film is enjoying a second day in the lead for the Hot Docs Audience Award race. After being number one on April 29 and then falling shortly thereafter, Claudia Sparrow’s film about Peruvian subsistence farmer Máxima Acuña regained the lead in today’s update. It’s interesting to see how things are playing out for Maxima, which hasn’t screened since it hit the top spot and instead has seen other contenders fluctuate around it as the festival’s gone on. The film has its third screening on Sunday afternoon, so the final results will be a nail-biter. The film was in third place in yesterday’s standings.

Shake-ups continue as yesterday’s fan favourite Butterfly dropped off the chart entirely despite a well-attended screening that seemed to go over well with the crowd. Yesterday’s runner-up Dear Brother also saw a big drop, going from second to second last in the top 20, while titles shuffled in the Canadian race with Prey taking the lead over Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery and Willie moving on up to the Canuck’s runner-up spot and third overall. Our Dance of Revolution and Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind round out the top five for Canadian titles.

The online voting certainly keeps the race exciting!

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

  1. Maxima
  2. Prey
  3. Willie
  4. Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery
  5. Ask Dr. Ruth
  6. Our Dance of Revolution
  7. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
  8. For Sama
  9. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
  10. There Are No Fakes
  11. The Wandering Chef
  12. Killing Patient Zero
  13. Last Breath
  14. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
  15. Kifaru
  16. Knock Down the House
  17. Seahorse
  18. Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint
  19. Dear Brother
  20. Sea of Shadows

Visit the POV Hot Docs Hub for more coverage from this year’s festival!