BAFTA Award for Best Documentary

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BAFTA Award for Best Documentary
Awarded forIn recognition of the number of high-quality theatrical documentaries released in cinemas
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
First awarded1948
Currently held byFor Sama (2019)
WebsiteBAFTA Website

This page lists the winners for the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, formerly known as the Robert Flaherty Award, for each year. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, children's film and television, and interactive media. A theatrical documentary award was presented by the Academy between 1948 and 1990. Documentaries have continued to be honoured with British Academy Television Awards since then and have been eligible in all relevant categories at the Film Awards. In 2012, the Academy re-introduced this category in recognition of the number of high-quality theatrical documentaries released in cinemas in the UK each year.[1]


Year Film
1948 Louisiana Story
1949 Daybreak in Udi
1950 The Undefeated
1951 Beaver Valley ±
1952 Royal Journey
1953 The Conquest of Everest
1954 The Great Adventure (Det Stora äventyret)
1955 The Vanishing Prairie ±
1956 On the Bowery
1957 Journey into Spring
1958 Glass (Glas) ±
1959 The Savage Eye
1960 Dispute
1961 Volcano (Le Rendezvous du diable)
1962 Four Line Conics
1963 Individual Honour
1964 Nobody Waved Good-bye
1965 Tokyo Olympiad
1966 Goal! The World Cup
1967 To Die in Madrid
1968 In Need of Special Care
1969 Prologue
1970 Sad Song of Yellow Skin
1971 The Hellstrom Chronicle ±
1972 Cutting Oils and Fluids
1973 Grierson
1974 Cree Hunters of Mistassini
1975 The Early Americans
1976 The Canadians (Los Canadienses)
1978 The Silent Witness
1979 The Tree of Wooden Clogs
1981 Soldier Girls
1982 Burden of Dreams
1983 Schindler
1984 28 Up
1985 Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story
1986 Shoah
1987 Baka – People of the Rainforest
1988 Death on the Rock
1989 Four Hours in My Lai
2005 The Orphans of Nkandla
2011 Senna
2012 Searching for Sugar Man ±[2]
2013 The Act of Killing
2014 Citizenfour ±[3]
2015 Amy ±[4]
2016 13th[5]
2017 I Am Not Your Negro[6]
2018 Free Solo ±[7]
2019 For Sama[8]


  • ±Oscar winner
  • ≈Oscar nominee


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