Canadian Screen Award Winners for Non-Fiction

Equus: Story of the Horse


By Pat Mullen

Canadian Screen Week comes to a close tonight with the Canadian Screen Awards gala on CBC. The awards end a week-long run honouring the best in film, TV, and digital media. Earlier this week, awards were handed out in creative non-fiction categories, among other areas, with the Academy sharing the wealth between projects. Niobe Thompson’s exquisitely-shot Equus: The Story of the Horse brought home the most trophies with three wins including the Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series. The Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, went to Quiet Killing, which examines the ongoing cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, while You Are Here and Jumbo: The Life of an Elephant Superstar each won two awards. Visual researcher Elizabeth Klinck received the Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute in recognition of her prolific contribution to Canadian film and documentary.

The theatrical documentary awards will be awarded tonight with Anthropocene: The Human Epoch and What Walaa Wants leading the field with three nominations apiece.

The non-fiction Canadian Screen Award winners presented this week are:

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program
Quiet Killing – Michèle Rouleau

Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series
Equus: Story of the Horse – Niobe Thompson, Caroline Underwood

Best Documentary Program
You Are Here – Peter Gentille, Bill House, Mike Lalonde

Best Biography or Arts Program or Series
Jumbo: The Life of an Elephant Superstar – Dugald Maudsley, Stephen Dunleavy, Sharmila Choudhury

Best History Documentary Program or Series
The Nature of Things: “Ice Bridge” – Elliott Halpern, Elizabeth Trojian

Best Talk or Entertainment Program or Series
The Filmmakers – Nicole Brewster-Mercury, Exan Auyoung, Eli Glasner, Mercedes Grundy, Nigel Hunt, Ashley Mak

Best News or Information Series
the fifth estate – Jim Williamson, Julian Sher

Best Direction: Documentary Program
Larry Weinstein – Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Best Direction: Documentary or Factual Series
Christine Nielson – Jumbo: The Life of an Elephant Superstar

Best Writing: Documentary
Gillian Findlay – the fifth estate: “The Truth Smugglers”

Best Photography: Documentary or Factual
Daron Donahue, Aaron Munson – Equus: Story of the Horse – “Origins”

Best Picture Editing: Documentary
Cathy Gulkin – You Are Here: A Come From Away Story

Best Sound, Non-Fiction
Doug McClement, Sanjay Mehta – Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert

Best Production Design or Art Direction, Non-Fiction
Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen – Tarik Mikou

Best Original Music: Non-Fiction
Darren Fung – Equus: Story of the Horse

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research
Timothy Sawa, Lisa Mayor, Zander Sherman – the fifth estate – “Murder in Cottage Country”

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research
Leslie Morrison – the fifth estate – “Murder in the Village”

Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction
The Artists: The Pioneers Behind the Pictures – Christina Piovesan, Peter Mishara, Omar Majeed

Best Immersive Experience, Non-Fiction
A Curious Mind with Dominic Monaghan – David Brady, Jonathon Corbiere, Andrew MacDonald, Tristan Cezair, Tyler Sammy, Nick Counter

Best Cross-Platform Project
CBC News: Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo – Connie Walker, Marnie Luke, Jennifer Fowler, Mieke Anderson, Heather Evans, Bria John, Brenda Witmer

Best Immersive Experience – Fiction
Biidaaban: First Light – Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Rob McLaughlin, Dana Dansereau

Best Virtual Reality Game
Museum of Symmetry – Paloma Dawkins, Maral Mohammadian, Michael Fukushima

Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute
Elizabeth Klinck