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Hot Docs Top Audience Award Goes to Jeff Orlowski's 'Chasing Ice'

Chasing Ice

The American film about a National Geographic photographer in the Arctic earned a $4,000 cash prize assembled by crowdfunding.

TORONTO – U.S. filmmaker Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Ice picked up the top audience award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which wrapped on the weekend.

The documentary about National Geographic photographer James Balog in the Arctic in 2005 to document the Earth’s changing climate, grabbed the People's Choice Award, which includes a $4,000 prize assembled by crowdfunding, organizers said Monday.

Orlowski’s documentary beat out competition from other crowd favorites at Hot Docs like Swedish director Fredrik Gertten’s Big Boys Gones Bananas!, and the American films G-Dog, by Freida Mock and We are Wisconsin, by Amie Williams.