Hot Docs: 'Unbranded' Wins Audience Award

Courtesy of Hot Docs Film Festival

Phillip Baribeau's feature about four friends on a 3,000-mile horseback trek took the honor voted on by festivalgoers in Toronto.

Unbranded, a U.S. documentary about four friends on a 3,000-mile journey on horseback by director Phillip Baribeau, has won the audience award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.

The honor went to Baribeau after his documentary and another 209 from around the world screened in Toronto over the 11-day event. Based on the book by Ben Masters, Unbranded features the trek on mustangs across public lands in the American West from Mexico to Canada, including passage through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The feature is produced by Masters, Baribeau and Dennis Aig. Indie Dogwoof snapped up the worldwide sales rights, excluding North America, to Unbranded ahead of its Hot Docs world premiere.

British director Karen Guthrie's The Closer We Get took the top jury prize for best international feature documentary Friday night.

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