Hot Docs to Honor Debra Zimmerman of Women Make Movies

Debra Zimmerman - P 2013
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Debra Zimmerman - P 2013

The New York City-based distributor of films about and by women will receive the prestigious Doc Mogul Award at North America's largest documentary festival.

TORONTO – Veteran film distributor Debra Zimmerman of New York City-based Women Make Movies will receive the prestigious Doc Mogul Award at the upcoming Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Zimmerman will be feted for supporting female doc makers since 1983, having made Women Make Movies as executive director the largest distributor of films by and about women.

“During her tenure, Women Make Movies has helped hundreds of female filmmakers create and distribute game-changing, award-winning and mind-blowing films,” Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald said in unveiling the Zimmerman tribute.

Past winners of the Doc Mogul Award include Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann last year, IDFA’s Ally Derks, Films Transit International’s Jan Rofekamp, HBO’s Sheila Nevins and BBC’s doc commissioner Nick Fraser.

The Hot Docs festival is set to run from April 25 to May 5 in Toronto.