Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature

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The Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature, formerly the Claude Jutra Award, is a special Canadian film award, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to the year's best feature film by a first-time film director.[1]

The award was previously named in memory of Claude Jutra, an influential Canadian film director who died in 1986. Formerly part of the Genie Awards ceremonies, the Claude Jutra Award was transitioned to be part of the Canadian Screen Awards. Following the February 2016 publication of Yves Lever's biography of Jutra, containing allegations that Jutra had sexually abused underage children during his lifetime, the Academy announced that it was renaming the award to its current name.[2] Québec Cinéma also removed Jutra's name from its Prix Jutra ceremonies on the same day.[2]

The award is a juried prize whose winner is announced in advance, although the prize is formally presented to the winner at the ceremony. To date three films, Le Confessional, Atanarjuat and Away from Her, have won both the award and the Best Picture Genie in the same year; all three films' directors also won the award for Best Director for the same films.


Year Film Director Reference
1993 The Grocer's Wife John Pozer [1]
1994 Louis 19, le roi des ondes (Louis 19, King of the Airwaves) Michel Poulette [1]
1995 Le Confessional (The Confessional) Robert Lepage [1]
1996 Joe's So Mean to Josephine Peter Wellington [1]
1997 The Hanging Garden Thom Fitzgerald [1]
1998 Last Night Don McKellar [1]
1999 Post Mortem Louis Bélanger [1]
2000 La Moitié gauche du frigo (The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge) Philippe Falardeau [1]
2001 Atanarjuat Zacharias Kunuk [1]
2002 Flower & Garnet Keith Behrman [1]
2003 Comment ma mère accoucha de moi durant sa ménopause (How My Mother Gave Birth to Me During Menopause) Sébastien Rose [1]
2004 La Peau blanche (White Skin) Daniel Roby [1]
2005 Familia Louise Archambault [1]
2006 (tie) Eve and the Fire Horse Julia Kwan [1]
La Vie secrète des gens heureux (The Secret Life of Happy People) Stéphane Lapointe [1]
2007 Away from Her Sarah Polley [1]
2008 Tout est parfait (Everything Is Fine) Yves Christian Fournier [1]
2009 J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) Xavier Dolan [1]
2010 Sortie 67 (Exit 67) Jephté Bastien [3]
2011 Nuit #1 (Night #1) Anne Émond [4]
2012 Blackbird Jason Buxton [5]
2013 Whitewash Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais [6]
2014 Bang Bang Baby Jeffrey St. Jules [7]
2015 River Jamie M. Dagg [8]