May 07, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival says it’s seeing the highest-ever attendance numbers this year.

The 25th edition that wrapped on Sunday in Toronto – had record breaking audiences of an estimated 223,000 viewers – surpassing last year by about 8,000 people.

Michael Del Monte’s Transformer won this year’s $50,000 Rogers Audience Award – for Best Canadian Documentary.

The story follows a powerlifter and former U.S. marine – as he transitions into a woman. The film also won the Hot Docs Audience Award.

This year’s festival awarded over $272,000 in cash and prizes to films and filmmakers.

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