‘Prince’s Tale’ Ousts Mr. Rogers in Hot Docs Audience Award Race

Prince’s Tale

By Pat Mullen

A Canadian short doc has kicked Oscar winner Morgan Neville from the top of the podium! Jamie Miller’s Prince’s Tale took the lead in the race for the Hot Docs Audience Award. Oddly, the film did not make the top five for the Rgers Audience Award for Best Canadian Film, which must be reserved for features. The film is an empowering story of a burn survivor who channels his experience into art. The short screens with the feature Rezo.

Mr. Rogers remained in the hunt at #2, while On Her Shoulders joins the pack at #3. Audiences were evidently more forgiving of the film than we were. Surprisingly falling off the list was Mexican doc Mamacita, which played very well to the crowd at the Isabel Bader yesterday while being at #2 in the previous rankings. Transformer continued to hold the top spot in the Canadian race with The Accountant of Auschwitz close behind.

The top 20 films in the Audience Award race as of May 2 are:

  1. Prince’s Tale
  2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  3. On Her Shoulders
  4. Transformer
  5. A Woman Captured
  6. The Accountant of Auschwitz
  7. The Game Changers
  8. The Silver Branch
  9. This Mountain Life
  10. Bathtubs over Broadway
  11. The Silence of Others
  12. Letter from Masanjia
  13. Exit Music
  14. Warrior Women
  15. The Oslo Diaries
  16. Don’t Be Nice
  17. Grit
  18. Laila at the Bridge
  19. Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End
  20. McQueen

Hot Docs runs April 26 to May 6. Please visit hotdocs.ca for more info.

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