Hot Docs Festival: 'Waiting For August' Takes Top Honors


TORONTO – The Belgian documentary Waiting For August won on Friday night the best international feature trophy at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The film, by director Teodora Ana Mihai, had its world premiere at the Visions du Reel festival on April 26, ahead of its North American premiere at Hot Docs on April 29.

The Belgian documentary portrays a Romanian teen suddenly left to take charge of six siblings as the new family head.

There was also a special jury prize for Eliza Kubarska's Walking Under Water, a Poland-Germany-U.K. co-production about the last compressor diver in Malaysian Borneo.

Belgium also figured as the Hot Docs jury gave its emerging international filmmaker award to British director Orlando von Einsiedel for Virunga, a film about a Belgian conservationist and a team of Congolese rangers aiming to protect a gorilla colony.

And there was another special jury prize for Before the Last Curtain Falls, Thomas Wallner's Canadian documentary about the offstage lives of six aging Belgian transvestite and transsexual performers.

Elsewhere, the best Canadian feature documentary award went to John Kastner for Out of Mind, Out of Sight, while the emerging Canadian filmmaker award for a first- or second-time director went to Grant Baldwin for Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.

The Hot Docs festival wraps on Sunday in Toronto.

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