Monday, May 5, 2014

21st Hot Dogs Festival, Toronto 
April 24th to May 4th 2014    

Audience Awards Announced
Two India-related films win first and second place!

Winner - THE BACKWARD CLASS
Directed by Madeleine Grant, Canada

Second place - MEET THE PATELS
Directed by Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel, USA


After the final screening on May 5, 2014, audience votes were tallied for the Audience Award, sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca.

Winner of the Audience Award at Hot Docs, The Backward Class, directed by Vancouver based Madeleine Grant, is the story of the Dalit students of Shanti Bhavan school in India preparing to make history by becoming the first from their “untouchable” caste to take high-school graduation exams. “Winning (this) award at our world premiere is one of the most meaningful forms of  recognition we could have ever hoped for,” Grant said yesterday. “The Backward Class has been a labour of love for an incredible team of collaborators for over five years, and it is an incredible honour for all of us that Hot Docs audiences connected with it in such an overwhelmingly positive manner.”

 Second in the audience poll is MEET THE PATELS, directed by US-based Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel; is about a first-generation Indian-American decides to find love the old-fashioned way by letting his parents find him a wife; The third place goes to THE CASE AGAINST 8, directed by Ben Cotner, Ryan White; USA), which looks at the emboldened movement to strike down California’s Prop 8 as unconstitutional.

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival conference and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It saw audience numbers reaching an estimated 192,000 who watched 197 films over its 11 days, topping last year’s  record attendance of 180,000.

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