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

The Highrise team with its Canadian Screen Award
Courtesy of the Canadian Screen Awards


By Pat Mullen

The first wave of winners are out for the Canadian Screen Awards. Last night’s event saw Screenies handed out in numerous categories for television and digital work. The winners were for documentary, non-fiction, factual, and more. The winner of the Best Documentary Prize was Sol, with Balletujah, The Great Human Odyssey, Still Standing, Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War, The Amazing Race, and Sugar Coated named the best in their respective genres. Additional titles shared the creative and technical prizes. POV will have more of the winners throughout Canadian Screen Week. Congrats to all!

Best Documentary Program
Sol – Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stephane Rituit

Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series
Balletlujah – Scot Henuset, Heather Edwards, Brent Kachuk

Best Factual Program or Series
Still Standing – Jamie Brown, Catherine Legge, Jeff Peeler

Best History Documentary Program or Series
Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War – Merit Jensen Carr, Andy Blicq

Best Science or Nature Documentary Series
The Great Human Odyssey – Niobe Thompson

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program
Sugar Coated – Michele Hozer, Janice Dawe

Best Reality / Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada – John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Daniela Battistella, Robyn
Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Catherine Petersen

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research
the fifth estate – The Mob and Michael Degroote

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research
The Nature of Things: Jellyfish Rule!

Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series
Ice Pilots NWT – D-Day’ – Matt Shewchuk

Best Sports Program or Series
Defector – Marc Leblanc, Jeremy McElhanney

Best Direction in a Documentary Program
Songs of Freedom – Barbara Willis Sweete

Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series
The Great Human Odyssey

Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series
Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI – Jordan Paterson, Norm Li

Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series
Songs of Freedom – David New

Best Sound in a Non-Fiction Program or Series
Songs of Freedom – Peter Sawade, David Rose, L. Stu Young, Lou Solakofski, Martin Gwynn Jones, Krystin Hunter, Jane Tattersall

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or Series
Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI – Cole Paterson, Candise Paul

Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series
15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story – Nadine Pequeneza

Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series
Ice Pilots NWT – D-Day – Samantha Beck

Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series
Survivorman Bigfoot – ‘Legend of Klemtu Hill’ – Les Stroud

Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction
CBC News and CBC Aboriginal: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Connie Walker, William Wolfe-Wylie, Tiar Wilson, Kimberly Ivany, Michael Pereira

Best Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada – Man I’ve Got a Big Butt (Rob Brunner)

Best Lifestyle Program or Series
Income Property – Jennifer Dick, Kit Redmond, Scott McGillivray, Toni Miceli, Jenna Keane

Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada – Take Your Clue and Gooo! (Ryan Shaw)

Best Photography in a News or Information Program, Series or Segment
CBC News: The National – Losing Liberia (Jean-Francois Bisson)

Best News or Information Segment
W5: Hands of God – Victor Malarek, Mary Dartis, Litsa Sourtzis, André Lapalme, Jerry Vienneau, Brian Mellersh

Best News or Information Series
16×9 – Laurie Few, Carolyn Jarvis

Best News Special
Decision Alberta 2015 – Kenton Boston, Chris Bassett, Michael Fulmes, Michael Hennigar, Deb Zinck, Michel Gosselin, Lisa Geddes

Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media
Highrise: Universe Within – Anita Lee, David Oppenheim, Gerry Flahive, Katerina Cizek, Pietro Gagliano

Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction
VICE Canada Reports – Patrick Mcguire

Best Picture Editing in a Factual Program or Series
Hockey Wives – ‘Married to the Game’ – Al Manson

Best Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada – ‘Who’s Feeling Sporty Now’ – Seth Poulin, Jonathan Dowler, Ben O’Neil, Burak Ozgan, Michael Tersigni

*See the complete list of last night’s winners, including news and sports, here.*