Hot Docs first look is a curated access program for philanthropic supporters of and investors in documentary film that grants behind-the-scenes access to the world of documentary. Prizes are underwritten and awarded by participating first look partners. The Leacross Foundation is proud to be a participant/supporter of Hot Docs – first look.
firstlook Pitch Prize Winners
1st Place – $50,000
Light of the Setting Sun
D: Vicky Du
A Taiwanese-American filmmaker confronts her family’s silence around the cycles of violence that have persisted since theChinese Communist Revolution of 1949.
2nd Place – $35,000
D: Cécile Embleton, Alys Tomlinson
Mother Vera weaves the inner world of a strikingly unusual Orthodox nun with the community that saved her life. As an unexpected new chapter opens, Vera’s path is changed forever.
3rd Place – $25,000
Fire of Love
D: Sara Dosa
Fire of Love is an unexpected love story of two intrepid scientists, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who die in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: seeking to understand the magic of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded.
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