As the ice fishing season comes to a close, families and friends drive to their huts on the frozen lake to get away from the city, breathe fresh air, drink a few beers and fish one last time before the surface of the lake melts away. Created through the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have five days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes). The filmmakers must choose between two assigned documentary genres, and are given a specific theme that will dictate the content and direction of their film. The top twelve films (determined by a panel of judges) premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, where the winners are announced. After the premiere, there are additional theatrical screenings in major cities, possible television exposure and a DVD release of the best films.
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