‘nîpawistamâsowin’ and ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ Lead CSA Doc Winners

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up


By Pat Mullen

The 2020 Canadian Screen Award winners for documentary have been revealed! After the domino effect of COVID-19 cancellations made the live events for the CSAs (and pretty much everything else) impossible, the Canadian Academy began rolling out winners via virtual announcements today. The documentary and factual revelations kicked off the week-long events, which will end with the presentation of theatrical film categories.

The documentary front saw frontrunners nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up and The Accountant of Auschwitz led the theatrical and broadcast fields, respectively. Tasha Hubbard’s acclaimed film scooped the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award, ending its acclaimed year-long run that began a year ago with a win at Hot Docs. Auschwitz, meanwhile, won four awards in the broadcast documentary categories including Best History Documentary Program or Series after beginning as an audience favourite at Hot Docs as well. Other multiple award winners included the timely political doc Mr. Jane and Finch, which won two prizes including the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, while Engraved on the Nation and Finding the Secret Path also scored two wins each. The latter netted a posthumous win for Tragically Hip icon Gord Downie in the category of Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series.

The full list of documentary winners is as follows:

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary

Presented by the Roges Group of Funds

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Tasha Hubbard, George Hupka, Jon Montes, Bonnie Thompson, Kathy Avrich-Johnson, David Christensen, Janice Dawe

Best Short Documentary

Sponsored by Hot Docs

Take Me to Prom – Andrew Moir

Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary

Havana, from on High – Pedro Ruiz

Best Film Editing in a Feature Length Documentary

Alexandre le fou – Pedro Pires, Sophie Leblond, Sylvia de Angelis

Television

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program

Sponsored by the Rogers Group of Funds

Mr. Jane and Finch – Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George

Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Program or Series

A Day in the Life of Earth – Elliott Halpern, Elizabeth Trojian

Best Documentary Program

To The Worlds – Maureen Palmer, Helen Slinger, Wendy Ord

Best Factual Series

Disasters at Sea – Kelly McKeown, Marianne Kushmaniuk, Alix MacDonald

Best History Documentary Program or Series

The Accountant of Auschwitz- Ric Esther Bienstock, Ricki Gurwitz, Randi Kirshenbaum, Jeff Sackman, Berry Meyerowitz, Jordan Nahmias

Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series

Finding the Secret Path – Mike Downie, Gord Downie, Patrick Downie, Patrick Sambrook, Stuart Coxe, Craig Baines, Norma Mendoza

Best Direction, Documentary Program

Finding the Secret Path – Mike Downie

Best Direction, Documentary Series

Engraved on a Nation: On the Line – Juliet Lammers, Lorraine Price

Best Writing, Documentary

Mr. Jane and Finch- Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research

The Accountant of Auschwitz – Ricki Gurwitz

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research

The Accountant of Auschwitz – Ricki Gurwitz

Best Photography, Documentary or Factual

In the Making- Rebecca Belmore_ – Maya Bankovic, Ann Tipper

Best Picture Editing, Documentary

Engraved on a Nation: On the Line – Pauline Decroix

Best Sound, Non-Fiction

Remarkable Rabbits – Jane Tattersall, Sue Conley, Lou Solakofski, Andy Malcolm, Sandra Fox

Best Original Music, Non-Fiction

The Accountant of Auschwitz – Ken Myhr

Digital Categories

Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction

Canada’s a Drag – Peter Knegt, Mercedes Grundy, Andrew D’Cruz, Romeo Candido

Best Production, Interactive

Super Queeroes – Peter Knegt, Mercedes Grundy, Oliver Skinner, Reiko Milley, Eleanor Knowles, Jeff Hume, Lucius Dechausay, Kiah Welsh, Jonathan Busch, Allison Cake, Andrew D’Cruz

Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction

Traveling While Black – Roger Ross Williams, Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphael, Ayesha Nadarajah, Stephane Rituit, Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Ryan Horrigan, Jihan Robinson, Lina Srivastava, Sebastian Sylwan