Hot Docs 2017: Wrap Up

If there is one thing I can take away from this year’s edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, it is that I don’t think I saw any documentaries that I actively disliked. While there were some films I was underwhelmed by, there was nothing I saw that I wouldn’t recommend in some way or another.
Without further ado, here is my full wrap-up of Hot Docs 2017
Top Ten Favourite Films

  1. City of Ghosts
  2. 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide
  3. Mommy Dead and Dearest
  4. 78/52
  5. Becoming Bond
  6. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
  7. PACmen
  8. Chasing Coral
  9. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
  10. Spookers
Honourable Mentions
Wished I’d Seen
  • Pre-Crime
  • Step
  • Strad Style
Number of Films Seen
  • 46
    • 19 – Screeners and Press Screenings
    • 26 – Festival Screenings
    • 1 – Special Event
Review Split
  • Sean Kelly on Movies – 44
  • Toronto Film Scene – 1
Interviews Conducted
  • 2
Theatre Tally
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 10
  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – 9
  • Scotiabank Theatre – 4
  • Hart House Theatre – 3
  • Isabel Bader Theatre – 1

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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).