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Out of Mind, Out of Sight named Best Canadian
Feature at Hot Docs
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;Out of Mind, Our of Sight named Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs;
(May 3, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario ) John Kastner’s latest documentary Out of Mind, Out of Sight, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), has won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. It was one of thirteen awards and $66,000 in cash and prizes that were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.

John Kastner’s Out of Mind, Out of Sight is the follow-up to the Toronto filmmaker’s acclaimed 2013 NFB-co-produced documentary NCR: Not Criminally Responsible. In his new film, Kastner intermingles the powerful stories of four patients declared not criminally responsible (or “NCR”) for violent crimes due to mental illness, following an unprecedented 18 months of filming inside the Brockville Mental Health Centre. The award is sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada and includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs. Out of Mind, Out of Sight screens again tomorrow, Sunday, May 4, at 1:00 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Following is the complete list of other awards handed out last night at a reception hosted by CBC Radio`s Jian Ghomeshi at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto:

Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner; P: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz; Belgium, Canada, Germany) Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award Grant Baldwin, JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY

Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award – Honourable Mention Amar Wala, THE SECRET TRIAL 5

Best International Feature Documentary Award WAITING FOR AUGUST (D: Teodora Ana Mihai; P: Hanne Phlypo, Antoine Vermeesch; Belgium) Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary WALKING UNDER WATER (D: Eliza Kubarska; P: Monika Braid, Stefan Kloos, Maciej Ostoja-Chy