Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Award for Best Short Documentary is an annual Canadian film award, presented to a film judged to be the year's best short documentary film. Prior to 2012 the award was presented as part of the Genie Awards program; since 2012 it has been presented as part of the expanded Canadian Screen Awards.

The award has not always been presented at every past Genie or CSA ceremony. In years when the award was not presented, short documentary films were instead eligible for the Best Theatrical Short Film and/or Best Documentary categories.

1980s[edit]

Year Nominee Film
1980
1st Genie Awards
Priory: The Only Home I've Got Mark Dolgoy
It's Not an Illness Claire Prieto
Taking Chances Marilyn Belec
1981
2nd Genie Awards
No award presented
1982
3rd Genie Awards
1983
4th Genie Awards
1984
5th Genie Awards
1985
6th Genie Awards
1986
7th Genie Awards
No More Hiroshima Martin Duckworth
Neon, an Electric Memoir Rudy Buttignol
Skyward Roman Kroitor
1987
8th Genie Awards
No award presented
1988
9th Genie Awards
1989
10th Genie Awards
The World Is Watching Harold Crooks, Jim Munro, Peter Raymont
Dying to be Perfect Eileen Hoeter
Space Pioneers, a Canadian Story Rudy Buttignol

1990s[edit]

Year Nominee Film
1990
11th Genie Awards
Stunt People Lois Siegel
Reading Between the Lines Martha Davis
Who Gets In? Barry Greenwald
1991
12th Genie Awards
The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein Richard Elson, Sally Bochner
The Actor John Paskievich
Hunters and Bombers Rex Tasker, Alan Hayling
In Search of the Edge Scott Barrie
Songololo: Voices of Change Marianne Kaplan, Cari Green
1992
13th Genie Awards
A Song for Tibet Anne Henderson, Abby Jack Neidek, Kent Martin
A Kind of Family Andrew Koster
Xénofolies Michel Moreau
1993
14th Genie Awards
Le singe bleu Esther Valiquette
Breaking a Leg: Robert LePage and the Echo Project Donald Winkler
1994
15th Genie Awards
No award presented
1995
16th Genie Awards
Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule Aerlyn Weissman, Lynne Fernie, Rina Fraticelli
Abby, I Hardly Knew Ya Peter Raymont, Linda Lee Tracey
Enigmatico David Mortin, Patricia Fogliato
The Shaper Martin Schliessler, Bill Sheppard
Time Is on My Side Jacques Holender
1996
17th Genie Awards
Mum's the Word (Maman et Ève) Daniele Caloz, Paul Carrière
A Balkan Journey: Fragments From the Other Side of War Brenda Longfellow
1997
18th Genie Awards
Unveiled: The Mother/Daughter Relationship Maureen Judge, Janis Lundman
Forgotten Warriors Loretta Todd, Carol Geddes, Michael Doxtater, Jerry Krepakevich
Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas Ali Kazimi
1998
19th Genie Awards
Shadow Maker: Gwendolyn MacEwen, Poet Anita Herczeg, Brenda Longfellow
BP (Pushing the Boundaries) Brian Nash, Elizabeth Yake
Remembering Memory Elizabeth Yake, Lara Fitzgerald
1999
20th Genie Awards
Hemingway: A Portrait Bernard Lajoie, Erik Canuel, Tatsuo Shimamura
In Time's Shadow, the Hegis Rudy Buttignol, David Way

2000s[edit]

Year Nominee Film
2000
21st Genie Awards
No award presented
2001
22nd Genie Awards
2002
23rd Genie Awards
2003
24th Genie Awards
2004
25th Genie Awards
2005
26th Genie Awards
2006
27th Genie Awards
2007
28th Genie Awards
2008
29th Genie Awards
2009
30th Genie Awards
The Delian Mode Kara Blake, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Passages Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands Peter Mettler, Sandy Hunter, Laura Severinac

2010s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
2010
31st Genie Awards
No award presented
2011
32nd Genie Awards
Sirmilik Zacharias Kunuk, Joel McConvey, Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon, Geoff Morrison, Ryan J. Noth
75 Watts John Cullen
Derailments Chelsea McMullan
2012
1st Canadian Screen Awards
The Boxing Girls of Kabul Annette Clarke, Ariel Nasr
The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar Igor Drljaca
Keep a Modest Head (Ne crâne pas sois modeste) Deco Dawson, Catherine Chagnon
Let the Daylight Into the Swamp Anita Lee, Jeffrey St. Jules
Three Walls Zaheed Mawani, Andrea Bussman
2013
2nd Canadian Screen Awards
Chi Anne Wheeler, Yves J. Ma, Tracey Friesen
Just As I Remember Andrew Moir
Mary & Myself Sam Decoste, Annette Clarke
2014
3rd Canadian Screen Awards
Jutra Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Marc Bertrand, René Chénier
The Chaperone 3D Fraser Munden
Seth's Dominion Luc Chamberland, Gerry Flahive, Michael Fukushima, Marcy Page
2015
4th Canadian Screen Awards
Bacon and God's Wrath Sol Friedman
The Little Deputy Trevor Anderson, Blake McWilliam
Quiet Zone David Bryant, Julie Roy, Karl Lemieux
Rebel (Bihttoš) Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Laura Good
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum Chelsea McMullan, Douglas Nayler
2016
5th Canadian Screen Awards
This River Katherena Vermette, Erika MacPherson, Alicia Smith, David Christensen
Frame 394 Rich Williamson, Shasha Nakhai, Ed Barreveld
The Road to Webequie Ryan Noth, Tess Girard
Stone Makers (Carrière) Jean-Marc E. Roy, Colette Loumède, Denis McCready, Claudia Chabot
Tshiuetin Caroline Monnet, Éric Cinq-Mars
2017
6th Canadian Screen Awards
Take a Walk on the Wildside Lisa Rideout, Lauren Grant, Sasha Fisher
Babe, I Hate to Go Andrew Moir
Three Thousand Asinnajaq, Kat Baulu