2015 Hot Docs CAST Awards Announcement

As I was about to publish this today, it was announced that Charlotte Cook would be leaving her post as Director of Programming for Hot Docs after four festivals. I want to wish her well personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to what the next few months has in store for my favourite local film festival.

For the very first time, I’ve compiled a special edition of the CAST Awards, just based on what people saw during Hot Docs. Here are the CAST Top 10 based on the votes of 13 submitted ballots. Voters ranked up to 10 films on their ballot from top to bottom, with first choices receiving 10 points, second choices 9, etc. The Points column lists the total score for each film, Mentions indicates how many voters included it in their Top Ten, Average is the average point score, and Firsts shows how many voters chose it as their favourite Hot Docs film.

In the case of points ties, the film with the higher number of first-place votes is listed first, then by highest average score. Because our sample size is quite small, these “rankings” don’t actually mean much, but I thought it would give a good idea of what this particular group of festivalgoers enjoyed this year. I’m curious to see how many of these show up in our regular year-end CAST ballot and how they do.

Raiders! - Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen
Listen to Me Marlon - Stevan RileyHelp Us Find Sunil Tripathi - Neal Broffman
The Barkley Marathons - Annika Iltis and Timothy James KaneBest of Enemies - Robert Gordon and Morgan NevilleThe Amina Profile - Sophie Deraspe
The Queen of Silence - Agnieszka  ZwiefkaThe Wolfpack - Crystal MoselleThe Nightmare - Rodney AscherT-Rex - Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari
1. Raiders! 35 6 5.83 1
2. Listen to Me, Marlon 34 6 5.67 1
3. Help Us Find Sunil Trapathi 30 4 7.5 0
4. The Barkley Marathons 29 4 7.25 1
5. Best of Enemies 28 5 5.6 2
6. The Amina Profile 28 4 7.0 0
7. The Queen of Silence 25 3 8.33 0
8. The Wolfpack 24 5 4.8 0
9. The Nightmare 21 3 7.0 0
10. T-Rex 21 3 7.0 0


Here is a PDF with each person’s ballot and the full collated results, with a few more interesting stats included.

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