Toronto’s Oh Ratface Films among winners at Hot Docs forum

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The Canada/U.S. copro about Amazon workers' efforts to unionize took the CMF-Hot Docs Forum Canadian Pitch Prize.

A  labour documentary from Toronto-based Oh Ratface Films and New York’s Level Ground Productions is among the pitch-prize winners at this year’s Hot Docs Forum.

The still-untitled film directed by Toronto-based Brett Story and New York’s Stephen Maing, and produced by Mars Verrone and Samantha Curley, took the $10,000 CMF-Hot Docs Forum Canadian Pitch Prize, presented in partnership with the Canada Media Fund.

The cash prize honours the best Canadian pitch and is intended for production and completion of project. This year’s winning film looks at workers at an Amazon fulfillment centre and their fight to unionize.

A total of $50,000 in pitch prizes were award to three docs in Forum Pitches as part of the industry event of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which ends Sunday (May 8) in Toronto.

In the first look curated access program — presented for philanthropic supporters of and investors in documentary film — the first prize of $25,000 went to The Queendom, directed by Otilia Portillo Padua and produced by Paula Arroio Sandoval of Mexico’s Oscura Producciones.

The second prize recipient of $15,000 was A Woman’s Path, directed by Marjan Khosravi and produced by Milad Khosravi of Iran’s Seven Spring Pictures and and Stephanie von Lukowicz of Spain’s Lukimedia.

The first look Pitch Prize winners are chosen by participants after viewing all pitches.

This year’s Hot Docs Forum saw a total of 20 projects representing 19 countries presented to a live digital room of more than 50 key funders and decision-makers, as well as an audience of industry members.