Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Length Documentary

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presents an annual award for Best Feature Length Documentary, as part of the Canadian Screen Awards. Prior to 2013, the award was presented as part of the Genie Awards.

1960s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
1968
Never a Backward Step Donald Brittain, Arthur Hammond, John Spotton
1969
Good Times Bad Times Donald Shebib, Mark McCarty

1970s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
1970
Wild Africa
1971
Les Philharmonistes Yves Leduc
1972
No award presented
1973
Grierson Roger Blais
1974
No award presented
1975
Cree Hunters of Mistassini Boyce Richardson, Tony Ianzelo, Colin Low
1976
Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry Donald Brittain, John Kramer, James de B. Domville, Robert A. Duncan
1977
The Inquiry Film: A Report on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Jesse Nishihata
1978
29th Canadian Film Awards
The Champions Donald Brittain
Fields of Endless Day Terence Macartney-Filgate
Healing Pierre Lasry
The Prophet from Pugwash Carol Moore-Ede Myers

1980s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
1980
1st Genie Awards
Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed Donald Brittain, Marrin Canell
Dieppe 1942 Terence Macartney-Filgate
Cities: Glenn Gould's Toronto John McGreevy, W. Paterson Ferns
1981
2nd Genie Awards
Some Even Fall in Love (Plusieurs tombent en amour) Guy Simoneau
The Dream Never Dies William Johnston
Une histoire de femmes Arthur Lamothe
1982
3rd Genie Awards
P4W: Prison for Women Janis Cole, Holly Dale
Being Different Harry Rasky
1983
4th Genie Awards
The Devil at Your Heels Robert Fortier, Adam Symansky, Bill Brind
Gala Michael McKennirey, John N. Smith
The Great Chess Movie (Jouer sa vie) Hélène Verrier
1984
5th Genie Awards
Pourquoi l'étrange Monsieur Zolock s'intéressait-il tant à la bande dessinée? Nicole M. Boisvert
Mémoire battante Nicole Lamothe
La Turlute des années dures Lucille Veilleux
1985
6th Genie Awards
Raoul Wallenberg: Buried Alive David Harel, Wayne Arron
Au rythme de mon coeur Jean-Pierre Lefebvre
Hookers on Davie Holly Dale, Janis Cole
1986
7th Genie Awards
Final Offer Robert Collison, Sturla Gunnarsson
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got Brigitte Berman
Le Choix d'un peuple Bernard Lalonde
Tears Are Not Enough John Zaritsky
Waterwalker Bill Mason
1987
8th Genie Awards
Dads and Kids Christian Bruyère
Ranch: The Alan Wood Ranch Project Steven DeNure, Chris Lowry
Return to Departure: The Biography of a Painting or Watching a Pigment Dry and other Realisms Kirk Tougas
Les Traces du rêve Jacques Vallée
O, Zoo! Philip Hoffman
1988
9th Genie Awards
God Rides a Harley Stavros C. Stavrides and Andreas Erne
The Canneries Stephen Insley. Bonni Devlin
Dance for Modern Times Moze Mossanen
Elephant Dreams Martha Davis
To Hurt and to Heal Laura Sky
1989
10th Genie Awards
Comic Book Confidential Ron Mann
Calling the Shots Janis Cole, Holly Dale
Growing Up in America Morley Markson
A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution Nettie Wild
Témoins Martyn Burke, David M. Ostriker

1990s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
1990
11th Genie Awards
Strand: Under the Dark Cloth John Walker
Le Trou du diable Richard Lavoie, François Dupuis, Marc Daigle
White Lake Colin Browne
1991
12th Genie Awards
The Famine Within Katherine Gilday
Au chic resto pop Éric Michel
The Falls Michael McMahon, Brian Dennis
1992
13th Genie Awards
Deadly Currents Ric Esther Bienstock, Simcha Jacobovici and Elliott Halpern
Le Steak Manon Leriche, Pierre Falardeau
Wisecracks Gail Singer, Signe Johansson
1993
14th Genie Awards
Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives Lynne Fernie, Aerlyn Weissman
Steppin' Razor: Red X Edgar Egger
Titanica Stephen Low
The Twist Ron Mann
Une enfance à Natashquan Yvon Provost
1994
15th Genie Awards
In the Gutter and Other Good Places Cristine Richey
André Mathieu, musicien Jean-Claude Labrecque, Micheline Blais
Fat Chance Joseph MacDonald and Charles Konowal
Folk Art Found Me Alex Busby, Mike Mahoney
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance Alanis Obomsawin, Wolf Koenig
1995
16th Genie Awards
The Champagne Safari George Ungar
Motherland: Tales of Wonder Helene Klodawsky, Signe Johansson
Narmada: A Valley Rises Ali Kazimi
Silent Witness Harriet Wichin, Christine York
Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics Kent Martin, Terre Nash
1996
17th Genie Awards
Bones of the Forest Heather Frise, Velcrow Ripper
Power Magnus Isacsson
Project Grizzly Peter Lynch
Une vie comme rivière Diane Cailhier, Alain Chartrand
1997
18th Genie Awards
Tu as crié: Let me go Anne Claire Poirier, Paul Lapointe, Joanne Carrière
Drowning in Dreams Michael Allder, Tim Southam
Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality Julia Sereny, Maya Gallus
1998
19th Genie Awards
A Place Called Chiapas Betsy Carson, Kirk Tougas, Nettie Wild
Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier
The Herd Peter Lynch, Peter Starr
1999
20th Genie Awards
Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the '70s Generation Gerry Flahive, Catherine Annau, Yves Bisaillon
Quest for the Lost Tribes Simcha Jacobovici, Elliott Halpern
Tops & Bottoms: Sex, Power and Sadomasochism Cristine Richey

2000s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
2000
21st Genie Awards
Grass Ron Mann
Rocks at Whiskey Trench Alanis Obomsawin
Spirits of Havana Bay Weyman, Peter Starr, Luis O. Garcia
Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment Éric Michel, Adam Symansky, Peter Wintonick
The Fairy Faith John Walker, Kent Martin
2001
22nd Genie Awards
Westray Paul Cowan
Obāchan's Garden Selwyn Jacob, Linda Ohama
2002
23rd Genie Awards
Gambling, Gods and LSD Ingrid Veninger, Peter Mettler, Alexandra Gill, Cornelia Seitler
Is the Crown at War with Us? Alanis Obomsawin
Le ring intérieur Éric Michel, Dan Bigras
2003
24th Genie Awards
FIX: The Story of an Addicted City Betsy Carson, Nettie Wild
Go Further Ron Mann
The Last Round: Chuvalo vs. Ali Silva Basmajian, Joseph Blasioli
2004
25th Genie Awards
The Corporation Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Bart Simpson
What Remains of Us (Ce qu'il reste de nous) François Prevost, Yves Bisaillon, Hugo Latulippe
Mr. Mergler's Gift Beverly Shaffer, Germaine Wong
2005
26th Genie Awards
Scared Sacred Velcrow Ripper, Tracey Friesen, Cari Green, Harry Sutherland
Les Voleurs d'enfance Paul Arcand, Denise Robert
2006
27th Genie Awards
Manufactured Landscapes Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Gerry Flahive, Daniel Iron, Peter Starr
The White Planet (La Planète Blanche) Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert
2007
28th Genie Awards
Radiant City Gary Burns, Jim Brown, Bonnie Thompson, Shirley Vercruysse
Panache André-Line Beauparlant, Danielle Leblanc
Sharkwater Rob Stewart
2008
29th Genie Awards
Up the Yangtze Yung Chang, Mila Aung-Thwin, John Christou, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong
Infiniment Québec Jean-Claude Labrecque, Yves Fortin, Christian Medawar
My Winnipeg Guy Maddin, Phyllis Laing, Jody Shapiro
2009
30th Genie Awards
A Hard Name Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon, Alan Zweig
Inside Hana's Suitcase Larry Weinstein, Rudolf Biermann, Jessica Daniel
Les dames en bleu Claude Demers
Prom Night in Mississippi Patricia Aquino, Paul Saltzman
RiP: A Remix Manifesto Mila Aung-Thwin, Kat Baulu, Brett Gaylor, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong

2010s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
2010
31st Genie Awards
Last Train Home Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
La Belle Visite Jean-François Caissy
In the Name of the Family Shelley Saywell, Deborah Parks
Leave Them Laughing John Zaritsky, Montana Berg
You Don't Like the Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo Luc Côté, Patricio Henriquez
2011
32nd Genie Awards
At Night, They Dance Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault
Beauty Day Jay Cheel
Family Portrait in Black and White Julia Ivanova
The Guantanamo Trap Thomas Wallner
Wiebo's War David York
2012
1st Canadian Screen Awards
Stories We Tell Sarah Polley, Anita Lee
Alphée of the Stars (Alphée des étoiles) Eric De Gheldere, Hugo Latulippe, Colette Loumède
Indie Game: The Movie Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Over My Dead Body Virginie Dubois, Stéphanie Morissette, Brigitte Poupart
The World Before Her Ed Barreveld, Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe
2013
2nd Canadian Screen Awards
Watermark Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Hi-Ho Mistahey! Alanis Obomsawin
My Prairie Home Chelsea McMullan
People of a Feather Joel Heath
Vanishing Point Stephen A. Smith, Julia Szucs
2014
3rd Canadian Screen Awards
Super Duper Alice Cooper Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen
Fermières Annie St-Pierre, Luc Déry, Élaine Hébert, Kim McCraw
Guidelines (La marche à suivre) Jean-François Caissy, Johanne Bergeron, Colette Loumède
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame Tony Girardin
2015
4th Canadian Screen Awards
Hurt Peter Gentile, Alan Zweig
The Amina Profile Isabelle Couture, Nathalie Cloutier, Hugo Latulippe, Michel St-Cyr, Guy Villeneuve, Colette Loumède
Hadwin's Judgement Sasha Snow, Elizabeth Yake, David Allen, David Christensen, Yves J. Ma, Tracey Friesen
How to Change the World Jerry Rothwell, Al Morrow, Bous De Jong, John Murray, Jonny Persey, Stewart Le Maréchal, David Nicholas Wilkinson, John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby
Last of the Elephant Men Daniel Ferguson, Arnaud Bouquet, Ian Oliveri, Ian Quenneville, Nathalie Barton, Karim Samai, Laurent Mini
2016
5th Canadian Screen Awards
I Am the Blues Daniel Cross, Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Bruce Cowley
Gulîstan, Land of Roses Zaynê Akyol, Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering, Yanick Létourneau, Mehmet Aktas, Denis McCready
Koneline: Our Land Beautiful Nettie Wild and Betsy Carson
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes Brett Story
Waseskun Steve Patry, Nathalie Cloutier, Denis McCready and Colette Loumède
2017
6th Canadian Screen Awards
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa Roth, Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Diana Holtzberg, Jan Rofekamp, Ernest Webb
Manic Kalina Bertin, Marina Serrao, Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
A Moon of Nickel and Ice (Sur la lune de nickel) Christine Falco, François Jacob, Vuk Stojanovic
Resurrecting Hassan Carlo Guillermo Proto, Roxanne Sayegh, Pablo Villegas, Maria Paz Gonzalez
Unarmed Verses Charles Officer, Lea Marin