Jason Loftus’ Eternal SpringAn animated documentary about Chinese activists taking over a state broadcaster to control media messaging, won the top audience award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival on Sunday. Japan.
The first runner-up is Okay! (ASD Band Movie), a behind-the-scenes look from director Mark Bone at a band of four talented autistic musicians as they prepare for their first live performance. And runner-up is the documentary Family Secret, directed by Barri Cohen Unloved: The Forgotten Children of Huroniaas the film reveals abuse inside the oldest government home for disabled children in Ontario.
Eternal Spring, where exiled Chinese illustrator Daxiong teamed up with Loftus to recreate the TV station hack, also received the audience award for best Canadian documentary.
The top audience award for a medium-length film went to Cure sexual diseasesdirector Elsbeth Fraanje’s documentary about a middle-aged disabled woman discovering what intimacy means to her.
The Audience Award for Best Short Film was awarded to Dad can danceThe story of director Jamie Ross about a son who discovers his father’s long-buried secret passion for ballet.
The Hot Docs 2022 festival runs from April 28 to May 8 with a live event in Toronto after two years of social distancing disruptions caused the Canadian festival to be held online.