The Hot Docs documentary film festival will honour three notables of the form at its upcoming 15th edition: UK filmmaker Richard Leacock, Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and the BBC's Nick Fraser, long-time commissioning editor of the UK broadcaster's Storyville documentary strand.

Leacock, who will be presented with the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, shot his first documentary at age 14 and is noted for his cinematography as well as his direction - he shot D.A. Pennebaker's seminal Monterey Pop!

In a statement, Hot Docs programming director Sean Farnel pointed to Leacock's work and impact not just as a filmmaker but as a teacher of the form.

His directing credits include Tread and Les Oeufs A La Coque De Richard Leacock while co-directing credits include Lambert, Hendrick & Co. with Pennebaker, A Stravinsky Portrait with Rolf Liebermann, Lulu In Berlin with Susan Woll, and A Musical Adventure In Siberia with Valerie Lalonde.

Baichwal will be the subject of the Focus On sidebar. She gained worldwide acclaim for Manufactured Landscapes but her earlier work has been widely praised. Baichwal won a 1999 International Emmy for Best Arts Documentary for her first feature documentary, Let It Come Down: The Life Of Paul Bowles, and a Canadian Gemini award for The True Meaning Of.

Fraser will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award, a recognition of his contribution to the industry and the form. He has been commissioning editor at Storyville since it launched in 1997.

Michaelle McLean, director of the allied Toronto Documentary Forum, noted that Fraser is passionate advocate for engagement with the world, making Storyville synonymous with the sort of films Hot Docs exists to present.

Hot Docs runs from April 17 to 27, 2008. The Toronto Documentary Froum runs April 23 to 24.