Hot Docs selects jury

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TORONTO -- U.S. filmmakers Eugene Jarecki and Judith Helfand will be part of a nine-member jury at next month's 14th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Jarecki ("Why We Fight") and Helfand ("Blue Vinyl"), both Sundance award winners, will be joined on the jury by Canadian filmmakers Mark Achbar ("Manufacturing Consent") and Alexandre Trudeau ("Secure Freedom"); Amir Labaki, founder-director of It's All True International Documentary Film Festival; and New York-based Canadian journalist Simon Houpt.

The Hot Docs jury also includes Claas Danielsen, festival director of the Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films; Palestinian filmmaker Ibtisam Mara'ana; and Ivana Milosevic, head of studies at the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film.

The nine jurors will choose winners in four categories: best Canadian feature documentary, best international feature documentary, and best short and mid-length documentaries.

The Hot Docs festival runs April 19-29 in Toronto.
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