Hot Docs 2014: Wrap-Up

Hot-Docs-2014-Logo The 2014 edition of Hot Docs has finally concluded.  This was my fourth time attending the festival and my second time providing full coverage as accredited media.  I went all out for my media coverage this year, with me beginning to watch screeners of the films a full month prior to the start of the festival.  Despite essentially taking up the entire month of April for me, I ended up seeing a grand total of 51 films during this year’s festival, which was more than a quarter of the entire festival line-up.  In my opinion, this was a huge accomplishment for a single individual covering a film festival.  Not only does this eclipse any previous film festival coverage I’ve done, but it also sets a high bar for my Hot Docs coverage next year.  Hopefully, I’ll be up to the challenge when the time comes. I should also note that, in addition to all the films I watched, I also did interviews with the filmmakers of The Overnighters and Meet the Patels.  Keep an eye out for those interviews to show up here sometime in the future. Without further ado, here is my full wrap-up for the festival and I will see you next year: Top Five Favourite Films

  1. The Overnighters
  2. Kung Fu Elliot
  3. The Case Against 8
  4. Art and Craft
  5. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Honourable Mentions

  • Sleepless in New York
  • The Internet’s Own Boy
  • Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Least Favourite Film

  • Beyond Clueless

Wished I’ve Seen

  • The Backward Class (Audience Award winner)
  • Songs for Alexis

Number of Films Seen

  • 51
    • 24 Pre-Fest (Screeners and Press Screenings)
    • 27 Festival Screenings

Theatre Tally

  • Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 9
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 6
  • Isabel Bader Theatre – 6
  • Scotiabank Theatre – 3
  • Hart House Theatre – 2
  • ROM Theatre – 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).