Hot Docs 2013: Wrap-Up

hotdocs205[4] This year marked my third time going to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary festival.  With me seeing a grand total of 36 films, this year’s Hot Docs was one of my busiest film festival experiences ever.  This year’s Hot Docs selection was at a particularly high quality and I ended up enjoying the majority of the documentaries I saw during the week.  Of course, this would make coming up with a list of my favourites a bit more difficult than expected. Well, without further ado, here is my full wrap up for the festival and I will see you next year. Top Five Favourite Films

  1. Valentine Road
  2. Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
  3. Maidentrip
  4. Teenage
  5. Blood Brother

Honourable Mentions

  • The Ghosts in Our Machine
  • NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
  • Shooting Bigfoot

Least Favourite Film

  • Searching for Bill

Wished I Seen

  • Expedition to the End of the World
  • Mistaken for Strangers
  • A Whole Lot More

Number of Films Seen

  • 36
    • 8 – Pre-Screened
    • 28 – Watched During Festival

Theatre Tally

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 10
  • Isabel Bader Theatre – 7
  • Scotiabank Theatre – 5
  • Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 3
  • Hart House Theatre – 2
  • ROM – 1

Sean Kelly Author

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).