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Aidc 2020: ‘Laura’s Choice’ wins Hot Docs prize

Sam Lara and Cathy Henkel.

Sam Lara and Cathy Henkel’s documentary Laura’s Choice won the inaugural Hot Docs Prize from last week’s Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) in Melbourne, as well as a Doc Edge festival and forum pass.

The film explores the family experience of three generations of women coming to terms with a radical approach to dying, and was pitched as part of Aidc’s FACTory Pitch program.

The Hot Docs prize involves travel support to attend Toronto’s Hot Docs International Documentary Conference in May, and the filmmakers will also receive a complimentary festival and forum pass to New Zealand’s Doc Edge.

Laura’s Choice also won Screenwest’s annual Brian Beaton Award in 2019, awarded social impact projects that need further support to reach their full potential, and has received development funding from Screenwest.

Director and producer Lara said: “We are completely blown

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