Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Motion Picture

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presents an annual award for Best Motion Picture to the best Canadian film.

The award was first presented in 1949 by the Canadian Film Awards under the title Film of the Year. Due to the economics of Canadian film production, however, most Canadian films made in this era were documentaries or short films rather than full-length narrative feature films. In some years, a Film of the Year award was not formally presented, with the highest film award presented that year being in the Theatrical Short and/or Amateur Film categories; due to the lack of an official Film of the Year winner, however, the winners in those categories are considered de facto films of the year.

In 1964, the Canadian Film Awards introduced an award for Best Feature Film. For the remainder of the 1960s, the two awards were presented alongside each other to different films, except in 1965 when a Feature Film was named and a Film of the Year was not, and in 1967 when the same film was named the winner of both categories. After 1970, however, the Film of the Year category was no longer used except in 1975, when it was presented to the same film that had been named the Feature Film winner.

In 1974, when the awards were otherwise cancelled due to a boycott by francophone filmmakers from Quebec, the Canadian Film Awards committee nonetheless held a press conference to announce a Best Feature Film winner for the year despite not presenting awards in any other category.

As of 1980, the award was taken over by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and presented as part of the Genie Awards ceremony; as of 2013, it is presented as part of the Canadian Screen Awards.

Film of the Year (1949-1970)[edit]

Films coloured in yellow are official Films of the Year; films coloured in peach are those which were not formally named Film of the Year, but which were the highest award presented to a film in that year.


Year Film Producers
The Loon's Necklace F. R. Crawley


Year Film Producers
North Shore (La Terre de Cain) James Beveridge
Perpetual Movement (Mouvement perpétuel) Claude Jutra
After Prison, What? Ron Weyman
Newfoundland Scene F. R. Crawley
Tit-Coq Gratien Gélinas
The Seasons Christopher Chapman
The Stratford Adventure Guy Glover
Gold Colin Low
Prelude to Spring Jack Ruddell
City of Gold Tom Daly, Colin Low, Wolf Koenig
Money Minters Ted De Wit
The Quest Nicholas Balla, Stanley Jackson
The Tall Country Lew Parry


Year Film Producers
Royal River Gordon Sparling
Universe Tom Daly
Morning on the Lièvre David Bairstow, Guy Glover
Wintertime (Au temps des ombres blanches) Claude Savard
Lonely Boy Roman Kroitor
Pour la suite du monde Fernand Dansereau
No award presented
The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam Beryl Fox, Douglas Leiterman
Warrendale Allan King, Patrick Watson
A Place to Stand Christopher Chapman, David Mackay
The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar John Kemeny


Year Film Producers
To See Or Not to See (Psychocratie) Robert Verral, Wolf Koenig

Best Feature Film (1964-1978)[edit]


Year Film Producers
À tout prendre Claude Jutra, Robert Hershorne
Amanita Pestilens F. R. Crawley
Trouble-Maker (Trouble fête) Jean Roy, Roger Blais, Pierre Patry
The Luck of Ginger Coffey Leon Roth
The Cat in the Bag (Le Chat dans le sac) Jacques Bobet
Nobody Waved Good-bye Don Owen, Roman Kroitor
Sweet Substitute Larry Kent
Mission of Fear (Astataïon, ou Le Festin des morts) André Belleau
Warrendale Allan King
The Ernie Game Robert Allen, Gordon Burwash
It Isn't Jacques Cartier's Fault (C'est pas la faute à Jacques Cartier) Georges Dufaux, Clément Perron
Kid Sentiment Clément Perron
The Man Who Wanted Nothing Mary Walker-Sawka, Paul Sawka
The Paper People David Gardner
Le Règne du jour Guy L. Coté, Jacques Bobet
Waiting for Caroline Walford Hewitson
Vertige Gilles Boivin, Clément Perron
And No Birds Sing John Thomson
Hey, Cinderella! John T. Ross, Peter Miner


Year Film Producers
Goin' Down the Road Donald Shebib
Mon oncle Antoine Marc Beaudet
Wedding in White John Vidette
Slipstream James Margellos
Between Friends Chalmers Adams
Kamouraska Mag Bodard, Pierre Lamy
Paperback Hero John F. Bassett, James Margellos
Réjeanne Padovani Marguerite Duparc
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz John Kemeny
Orders (Les Ordres) Gui Caron, Bernard Lalonde
Lies My Father Told Me Anthony Bedrich, Harry Gulkin
J.A. Martin Photographer (J.A. Martin photographe) Jean-Marc Garand
One Man Tom Daly, Michael J. F. Scott
Outrageous! Bill Marshall, Peter O'Brian, Henk Van der Kolk
Why Shoot the Teacher? Lawrence T. Hertzog
29th Canadian Film Awards
The Silent Partner Joel B. Michaels, Stephen Young
Blood and Guts Peter O'Brian
In Praise of Older Women Robert Lantos, Claude Héroux
Three Card Monte Rob Iveson, Richard Gabourie

Best Motion Picture (1980-present)[edit]


Year Film Producers
1st Genie Awards
The Changeling Garth Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels
Cordélia Jean-Marc Garand
Klondike Fever Gilbert W. Taylor, Peter Welbeck
Meatballs Daniel Goldberg, John Dunning, André Link
Running Robert M. Cooper, John M. Eckert, Ronald I. Cohen
2nd Genie Awards
Good Riddance (Les Bons débarras) Claude Godbout, Marcia Couelle
The Handyman (L'Homme à tout faire) René Malo
The Hounds of Notre Dame Fil Fraser
The Lucky Star André Fleury, Claude Léger
Tribute Joel B. Michaels, Garth Drabinsky
3rd Genie Awards
Ticket to Heaven Ronald I. Cohen, Vivienne Leebosh
The Amateur Garth Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels
Heartaches David Patterson, Jerry Raibourn
The Plouffe Family (Les Plouffe) Justine Héroux, Denis Héroux
Scanners Victor Solnicki, Pierre David, Claude Héroux
4th Genie Awards
The Grey Fox Peter O'Brian
A Day in a Taxi (Une journée en taxi) Robert Ménard
Harry Tracy, Desperado Ronald I. Cohen
Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) Denis Héroux, John Kemeny
Threshold Jon Slan, Michael Burns
5th Genie Awards
The Terry Fox Story Robert M. Cooper
A Christmas Story Bob Clark, René Dupont
Lucien Brouillard René Gueissaz, Marc Daigle
Maria Chapdelaine Murray Shostak, Robert Baylis
The Wars Richard Neilson
6th Genie Awards
The Bay Boy Denis Héroux, John Kemeny
The Dog Who Stopped the War (La Guerre des tuques) Nicole Robert, Rock Demers
A Woman in Transit (La Femme de l'hôtel) Bernadette Payeur
Mario Jean Beaudin, Hélène Verrier
7th Genie Awards
My American Cousin Peter O'Brian
The Alley Cat (Le Matou) Justine Héroux
Joshua Then and Now Robert Lantos, Stephen J. Roth
90 Days David Wilson, Giles Walker
One Magic Christmas Peter O'Brian
8th Genie Awards
The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'empire américain) Roger Frappier, René Malo
Dancing in the Dark Anthony Kramreither
Intimate Power (Pouvoir intime) Claude Bonin
John and the Missus John Hunter, Peter O'Brian
Loyalties Ronald Lillie, William Johnston
9th Genie Awards
Night Zoo (Un Zoo la nuit) Roger Frappier, Pierre Gendron
Family Viewing Atom Egoyan
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing Patricia Rozema, Alexandra Raffe
Life Classes Stephen Reynolds
Train of Dreams Sam Grana
10th Genie Awards
Dead Ringers David Cronenberg, Marc Boyman
The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick Stephen Foster
The Revolving Doors (Les Portes tournantes) Francyne Morin, René Malo
Straight for the Heart (À corps perdu) Robin Spry, Denise Robert
A Winter Tan Aerlyn Weissman, John Frizzell, Louise Clark, Jackie Burroughs, John Walker


Year Film Producers
11th Genie Awards
Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal) Roger Frappier, Pierre Gendron
Bye Bye Blues Arvi Liimatainen, Anne Wheeler
Cold Comfort Ray Sager, Ilana Frank
Speaking Parts Atom Egoyan
Termini Station Allan King
12th Genie Awards
Black Robe Robert Lantos, Sue Milliken, Stéphane Reichel
Chaindance Richard Davis
The Company of Strangers David Wilson
An Imaginary Tale (Une histoire inventée) Claudio Luca, Robin Spry
Perfectly Normal Michael Burns
13th Genie Awards
Naked Lunch Gabriella Martinelli, Jeremy Thomas
Being at Home with Claude Louise Gendron
Léolo Aimée Danis, Lyse Lafontaine
Requiem for a Handsome Bastard (Requiem pour un beau sans-cœur) Nicole Robert, Lorraine Dufour
La Sarrasine Marc Daigle, Lise Abastado
14th Genie Awards
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould Niv Fichman
La Florida Pierre Sarrazin, Claude Bonin
Harmony Cats Richard Davis, Alan Morinis
The Lotus Eaters Sharon McGowan
The Sex of the Stars (Le Sexe des étoiles) Pierre Gendron, Jean-Roch Marcotte
15th Genie Awards
Exotica Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg
Double Happiness Rose Lam Waddell, Stephen Hegyes
Louis 19, King of the Airwaves (Louis 19, le roi des ondes) Jacques Dorfmann, Richard Sadler
My Friend Max (Mon amie Max) Aimée Danis, Danièle Bussy
Whale Music Raymond Massey, Steven DeNure
16th Genie Awards
The Confessional (Le Confessionnal) Denise Robert
Black List (Liste noire) Marcel Giroux
Magic in the Water Rick Stevenson, Matthew O'Connor
Margaret's Museum Christopher Zimmer, Mort Ransen, Claudio Luca, Steve Clark-Hall
Rude Damon D'Oliveira, Karen King
17th Genie Awards
Lilies Robin Cass, Arnie Gelbart, Anna Stratton
Crash David Cronenberg
Hard Core Logo Brian Dennis, Christine Haebler
Long Day's Journey into Night Niv Fichman, Daniel Iron
Polygraph (Le Polygraphe) Philippe Carcassonne, Bruno Jobin, Jean-Pierre St-Michel, Ulrich Felsberg
18th Genie Awards
The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg
Cosmos Roger Frappier
The Hanging Garden Thom Fitzgerald
Karmina Nicole Robert
Kissed Dean English, Lynne Stopkewich
19th Genie Awards
The Red Violin (Le Violon rouge) Niv Fichman
Last Night Daniel Iron, Niv Fichman
Regeneration Allan Scott, Peter R. Simpson
Rupert's Land Bill Thumm, Scott Kennedy
Such a Long Journey Paul Stephens, Simon MacCorkindale
20th Genie Awards
Sunshine Robert Lantos, András Hámori
eXistenZ Robert Lantos, David Cronenberg, András Hámori
Felicia's Journey Bruce Davey
The Five Senses Camelia Frieberg, Jeremy Podeswa
Winter Stories (Histoires d'hiver) Claude Gagnon, Yuri Yoshimura-Gagnon
Post Mortem Lorraine Dufour


Year Film Producers
21st Genie Awards
Maelström Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal
Love Come Down Eric Jordan, Damon D'Oliveira, Clément Virgo
New Waterford Girl Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny
Possible Worlds Sandra Cunningham, Bruno Jobin
Stardom Denise Robert, Robert Lantos
To Walk with Lions Pieter Kroonenburg, Julie Allan
22nd Genie Awards
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Norman Cohn, Paul Apak Angilirq, Zacharias Kunuk, Germaine Wong
Eisenstein Martin Paul-Hus, Regine Schmid
Soft Shell Man (Un crabe dans la tête) Joseph Hillel, Luc Déry
Treed Murray Helen Du Toit
The War Bride Alistair MacLean-Clark, Douglas Berquist
23rd Genie Awards
Ararat Robert Lantos, Atom Egoyan
Bollywood/Hollywood David Hamilton, Robert Wertheimer
Québec-Montréal Nicole Robert
Rare Birds Paul Pope, Janet York
Suddenly Naked Gavin Wilding
24th Genie Awards
The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Denise Robert, Daniel Louis, Fabienne Vonier
Far Side of the Moon (La Face cachée de la lune) Bob Krupinski, Mario St-Laurent
Owning Mahowny András Hámori, Alessandro Camon, Seaton McLean
Seducing Doctor Lewis (La Grande séduction) Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal
The Snow Walker Rob Merilees, William Vince
25th Genie Awards
The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville) Paul Cadieux
Being Julia Robert Lantos
Bittersweet Memories (Ma vie en cinémascope) Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Looking for Alexander (Mémoires affectives) Barbara Shrier
Love, Sex and Eating the Bones Jennifer Holness
26th Genie Awards
C.R.A.Z.Y. Pierre Even, Jean-Marc Vallée
Familia Luc Déry
It's All Gone Pete Tong Elizabeth Yake, Allan Niblo, James Richardson
Saint Ralph Michael Souther, Teza Lawrence, Andrea Mann, Seaton McLean
Water David Hamilton
27th Genie Awards
Bon Cop, Bad Cop Kevin Tierney
The Little Book of Revenge (Guide de la petit vengeance) Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal
The Rocket (Maurice Richard) Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
A Sunday in Kigali (Un dimanche à Kigali) Lyse Lafontaine, Michael Mosca
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Barrie Dunn, Mike Clattenburg, Michael Volpe
28th Genie Awards
Away from Her Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Continental, a Film Without Guns (Continental, un film sans fusil) Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Days of Darkness (L'Âge des ténèbres) Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Eastern Promises Robert Lantos, Paul Webster
Shake Hands With the Devil Laszlo Barna, Michael Donovan
29th Genie Awards
Passchendaele Niv Fichman, Francis Damberger, Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa
Amal David Miller, Steven Bray
Everything Is Fine (Tout est parfait) Nicole Robert
The Necessities of Life (Ce qu'il faut pour vivre) Bernadette Payeur, René Chénier
Normal Andrew Boutilier, Carl Bessai
30th Genie Awards
Polytechnique Maxime Rémillard, Don Carmody
Before Tomorrow (Le jour avant le lendemain) Stéphane Rituit
Fifty Dead Men Walking Shawn Williamson, Stephen Hegyes, Peter La Terriere, Kari Skogland
Nurse.Fighter.Boy Ingrid Veninger
3 Seasons (3 saisons) Maude Bouchard, Jim Donovan, Sandy Martinez, Bruno Rosato


Year Film Producers
31st Genie Awards
Incendies Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Barney's Version Robert Lantos
Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires) Carole Mondello, Xavier Dolan, Daniel Morin
Splice Steven Hoban
10½ Pierre Gendron
32nd Genie Awards
Monsieur Lazhar Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Café de Flore Jean-Marc Vallée, Marie-Claude Poulin, Pierre Even
A Dangerous Method Jeremy Thomas, Marco Mehlitz, Martin Katz
Starbuck André Rouleau
The Whistleblower Celine Rattray, Christina Piovesan
1st Canadian Screen Awards
War Witch (Rebelle) Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin, Kim Nguyen
L'Affaire Dumont Nicole Robert
Inch'Allah Luc Déry, Kim McCraw, Stephen Traynor
Laurence Anyways Nathanaël Karmitz, Lyse Lafontaine
Midnight's Children David Hamilton, Doug Mankoff, Steven Silver, Neil Tabatznik, Andrew Spaulding
Still Mine Jody Colero, Avi Federgreen, Tamara Deverell
2nd Canadian Screen Awards
Gabrielle Kim McCraw, Luc Déry
The Dismantling (Le Démantèlement) Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle
Empire of Dirt Jennifer Podemski
Enemy Kim McCraw, Luc Déry, Miguel A. Faura, Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland
The F Word André Rouleau, David Gross, Macdara Kelleher
The Grand Seduction Roger Frappier, Barbara Doran
Maïna Karine Martin, Michel Poulette, Yves Fortin
Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz, Xavier Dolan
3rd Canadian Screen Awards
Mommy Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant
Cast No Shadow Chris Agoston, Christian Sparkes, Allison White
Fall Mehernaz Lentin
In Her Place Albert Shin, Igor Drljaca, Yoon Hyun Chan
Maps to the Stars Martin Katz, Michel Merkt, Saïd Ben Saïd
Tu dors Nicole Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
4th Canadian Screen Awards
Room Ed Guiney, David Gross
Brooklyn Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Corbo Félize Frappier
The Demons (Les Démons) Philippe Lesage
Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira) Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant
The Forbidden Room Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Phyllis Laing, David Christensen, Guy Maddin
My Internship in Canada (Guibord s'en va-t'en-guerre) Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Our Loved Ones (Les Êtres chers) Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant
Remember Robert Lantos, Ari Lantos
Sleeping Giant Karen Harnisch, Andrew Cividino, Marc Swenker, James Vandewater, Aaron Yeger
5th Canadian Screen Awards
It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) Nancy Grant, Sylvain Corbeil, Xavier Dolan
Bad Seeds (Les mauvaises herbes) Luc Vandal, Lorraine Dufour
Before the Streets (Avant les rues) Chloé Leriche
Hello Destroyer Daniel Domachowski, Haydn Wazelle
Old Stone Xianjian Wu, Chi-an Lin, Jing Wang, Sarah Stallard
Operation Avalanche Matthew Miller, Lee Kim, Matt Johnson
Race Louis-Philippe Rochon, Dominique Séguin, Jean-Charles Lévy, Luc Dayan
Searchers (Maliglutit) Zacharias Kunuk
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau) Hany Ouichou
Weirdos Marc Almon, Mike MacMillan, Bruce McDonald
6th Canadian Screen Awards
Ava Kiarash Anvari, Sadaf Foroughi
The Breadwinner Andrew Rosen, Anthony Leo, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stéphan Roelants
It's the Heart That Dies Last (C'est le cœur qui meurt en dernier) Richard Lalonde
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes) Marcel Giroux
Maudie Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen
Never Steady, Never Still James Brown, Tyler Hagan
Ravenous (Les Affamés) Stéphanie Morissette