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Okay! (The ASD Band Film) Leads Hot Docs Audience Award Race

April 30 audience rankings

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The first votes are in for the Hot Docs audience award. Okay! (The ASD Band Film) leads the first heat as Hot Docs released the top twenty films according to audience votes. The feature documentary by Mark Bone profiles the four autistic members of The ASD Band. As a Canadian feature, The ASD Band also leads the Rogers Audience Award race. The runner-up in the Canadian features race is Hot Docs’ opening night film, Into the Weeds.

In second place in the overall race is Crows Are White, directed by Ahsen Nadeem in which the Muslim filmmaker attends a Buddhist monastery in Japan. Showing in third is the archival doc Fire of Love, directed by Sara Dosa, which brought its tale of love and volcanoes to Hot Docs last night.

Votes for the Hot Docs Audience Award are cast by screening attendees who log on to according to the unique url provided with their ticket. They then rate the films from one to five. The top twenty includes both shorts and features.


The top 20 films in the Hot Docs Audience Award race on April 30 are:


  1. Okay! (The ASD Band Film)
  2. Crows Are White
  3. Fire of Love
  4. Patty vs. Patty
  5. The Balcony Movie
  6. Crotch Stories
  7. Attica
  8. A History of the World According to Getty Images
  9. Still Working 9 to 5
  10. Once Upon a Time in Uganda
  11. A House Made of Splinters
  12. Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company
  13. Blue Island
  14. Dio: Dreamers Never Die
  15. The Body Is a House of Familiar Rooms
  16. I Am Trying to Remember
  17. My Two Voices
  18. This Is Endometriosis
  19. For Real
  20. Nasim


Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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