Irish Short Wins at Hot Docs

Leticia Agudo, Paul McGrath and Aoibheann O’Sullivan, the filmmakers behind the short documentary Forty Foot have returned from the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto with two prizes. The film, made in 5 days as part of the International Documentary Challenge, won ‘Best Film’ – the top award – and was also awarded ‘Best Use of Historical Genre’.

In March 2009, 142 filmmakers from 15 different countries entered the Hot Docs International Documentary Challenge, where participants made a short non-fiction film in only 5 days. They were assigned a theme and a choice of two genres on the morning of the 1st day. In the end, only 116 completed the challenge and 13 were chosen as finalists. Their films premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the largest documentary festival and market in North America.

The Irish team was given support from Culture Ireland to attend the event and the group of three from Dublin was awarded the Best Film title, and will also receive a cash prize.

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