Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America, has just announced the winners of their 2011 festival, which took place from April 28-May 8, 2011 in Toronto. 199 films were screened at this year’s festival, which saw an 11% jump in attendance. “Our audiences are clamoring for great docs, and our filmmakers are raving about the festival’s fantastic audiences. It is a perfect storm,” says Hot Doc’s executive director Chris McDonald.

In addition to the winners of the nine jury awards listed below, other award-winners are Sundance Channel People’s Choice Award winner Somewhere Between, Filmmakers Award winner At the Edge of Russia and PC Bang: The Rise of the Esports Hero, which won the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Rendezvous Pitch Prize, which includes $5,000 to assist in the production of the film.

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Best Canadian Feature: Family Portrait in Black and White, directed by Julia Ivanova
Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature: At Night, They Dance, directed by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault and The Guantanamo Trap, directed by Thomas Selim Wallner
Best International Feature: Dragonslayer, directed by Tristan Patterson
Special Jury Prize, International Feature: The Castle, directed by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti
Best Mid-Length Documentary: Our Newspaper, directed by Eline Flipse
Best Short Documentary: Flying Anne, directed by Catherine van Campen
HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award: Michal Marczak for At the Edge of Russia
documentary’s Don Haig Award, presented annually to a Canadian documentary moviemaker, was awarded to Toronto-based writer/director Rama Rau.
The Lindalee Tracey Award, which honors emerging Canadian documentary moviemakers, was presented to Alexandre Hamel.