First Wave of Documentary/Non-Fiction Canadian Screen Award Winners

Rise, winner for Best Documentary Program

By Pat Mullen

The first winners in the Canadian Screen Awards marathon are out! Awards honouring the best in non-fiction television were handed out earlier this week. A sentimental favourite among the honourees was late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, who won for his music on the documentary The Secret Path. Also making headlines was Michelle Latimer, winner of Best Documentary Program for RISE, who used the win to salute all the activists at Standing Rock and to make a call to action for more Indigenous stories. Rise also brought a win for Academy Award winner Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich) as an executive producer of the Vice series.

The inaugural Rob Stewart Award for Science and Nature Documentary went to The Wild Canadian Year. The prize honoured the Sharkwater director and eco-activist who drowned last year.

Additional awards for documentary including, but not limited to, theatrical films and interactive works, along with the Donald Brittain Award for Social or Political Documentary, will be announced later in the week.

The first winners are:

Rob Stewart Award for Science and Nature Documentary:
The Wild Canadian Year – Jeff Turner, Sue Turner, Caroline Underwood

Best Documentary Program:
Rise – Michelle Latimer, Tania Natscheff, Bernardo Loyola, Patrick McGuire, Heather Rae, Michael Kronish, Spike Jonze, Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith

Best Arts or Biography Program or Series:
Rush: Time Stands Still – Allan Weinrib, Pegi Cecconi, Ray Danniels, John Virant, Corey Russell

Best Factual Series:
Mayday – Alex Bystram, Kim Bondi, Martin Pupp

Best History Documentary Program or Series:
The Nature of Things with David Suzuki: Secrets of the Lost Pyramids – Alan Handel, James Hyslop, Carlo Massarella, Dan Kendall

Best Direction: Documentary or Factual Series:
Rebecca Snow – Real Vikings: Real Women

Best Direction: Documentary Program:
Trish Dolman – Canada in a Day

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research:
W5: Making a Terrorist – Madeline McNair, Brennan Lefler, Victor Malarek

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research:
League of Exotique Dancers – Erin Chisholm

Best Original Music, Non-Fiction:
The Secret Path – Gord Downie, Kevin Drew, Dave Hamelin

Best Photography: Documentary or Factual:
Abandoned: Newfoundland Coast – Alex Craig, David Ehrenreich

Best Picture Editing: Documentary:
Canada in a Day – Nick Hector

Best Picture Editing: Factual:
Hello Goodbye – Lean on Me – Derek Esposito

Best Sound: Non-fiction:
Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris – Sanjay Mehta, Ian Rodness, Steve Blair, Dustin Harris

Best Writing: Documentary:
Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic – Robert Osborne

Best Writing: Factual:
Still Standing: Fort McMurrary – Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Steve Dylan, Graham Chittenden

Gordon Sinclair Award:
Karyn Pugliese

Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series:
CBC News: the fifth estate – Cross Lake: This is Where I Live – Gillian Findlay

Best News or Information Program:
Terror (Viceland) – Suroosh Alvi, Bernardo Loyola, Peter Salisbury, Michael Kronish, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti

Best News or Information Segment:
APTN Investigates – Against Their Will – Cullen Crozier, Holly Moore, Paul Barnsley

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:
Science Max: Experiments at Large – Nat Abraham, Michael McGuigan, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Joan Lambur, Phil McCordic, Leanne Brennan

Please visit the Academy website for additional winners in news, reportage, sports, and live events.