Best Canadian Film

The Canadian Screen Awards (A.K.A “The Canadian Film Awards AKA “The Genies” AKA “The Canadian Oscars)  are Canada’s most prestigious cinematic award ceremony.

Because I like making lists, I’ve collected all the Best Picture winners on one page to a illustrate a chronological evolution of Canada’s cinema culture. It’s way faster than having to flip through a bunch of Wikipedia pages.

For consistency, I’ve listed the year that the awards took place. Most of the time films would play a few festivals, win Best Canadian Film in the following year, and then receive a wide release.

Further Research: 

I highly recommend checking out And The Genie Goes Too… by Maria Topalovich  for an engaging history of the awards and a more detailed breakdown of the winners.

And for more information on this year’s awards, visit the official website of The Academy of Canadian Film and Television. If you live in Canada, I highly recommend becoming a member ($150 a pop, way cheaper if you’re a student) because the organization does a whole bunch of free member events throughout the year.

If you liked this, check out: 

The Ultimate List of Canadian Film Books

“Why the Hell Don’t We Watch Canadian Cinema? “


Canadian Film Awards: 1949 – 1978

Best Canadian Film

In its first incarnation, the big prize of the ceremony was the Best Film Award.  In 1964, they began giving out a Best Film and a Best Feature Film award.

1949 (#1) – The Loon’s Necklace

1950 (#2) – None Awarded

1951 (#3) – None Awarded

1952 (#4) – Newfoundland Scene

1953 (#5) – Tit-Coq

1954 (#6) – The Seasons

1955 (#7) – The Stratford Adventure

1956 (#8) – None Awarded

1957 (#9) – None Awarded

1958 (#10) – City of Gold

1959 (#11) – None Awarded

1960 (#12) – None Awarded

1961 (#13) – Universe

1962 (#14) – None Awarded

1963 (#15) – Lonely Boy

The start of the Best Feature Film Award. The following will be listed as Best Film/Best Feature Film. 

1964 (#16) – Pour La Suite Du Monde/A Tout Prendre

1965 (#17) – None Awarded/The Luck of Ginger Coffey

1966 (#18) – The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam/Mission of Fear

1967 (#19) – Warrendale/Warrendale

1968 (#20) – A Place to Stand/The Ernie Game

1969 (#21) – The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar Vertige

1970 (#22) – To See Or Not to See  / Goin’ Down the Road

1971 (#23) – None Awarded / Mon oncle Antoine

1972 (#24) – None Awarded / Wedding in White

1973 (#25) – None Awarded / Slipstream

No Ceremony in 1974 (But Best Feature was awarded to 

1975 (#26) – Les Ordres / Les Ordres

1976 (#27) – None Awared / Lies My Father Told Me

1977 (#28) – None Awarded / J.A. Martin photographe

1978 (#29) – None Awarded / The Silent Partner


The Genie Awards  (1980 – 2012) 

Best Canadian Film

1980 (#30) (#1) – The Changeling

1981 (#31) (#2) – Les Bons Débarras

1982 (#32) (#3) – Ticket to Heaven

1983 (#33) (#4) – The Grey Fox

1984 (#34) (#5) – The Terry Fox Story

1985 (#35) (#6) – The Bay Boy

1986 (#36) (#7) – My American Cousin

1987 (#37) (#8) – The Decline of the American Empire

1988 (#38) (#9) – Un Zoo la Nuit

1989 (#39) (#10) – Dead Ringers

1990 (#40) (#11) – Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal)

1991 (#41) (#12) – Black Robe

1992 (#42) (#13) – Naked Lunch

1993 (#43) (#14) – Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

1995 (#44) (#15) – Exotica

1996 (January) (#45) (#16) – The Confessional (Le Confessionnal)

1996 (November) (#46) (#17) – Lilies

1997 (#47) (#18) – The Sweet Hereafter

No Ceremony in 1998 

1999 (#48) (#19) – The Red Violin

2000 (#49) (#20) – Sunshine

2001 – (#50) (#21) – Maelström

2002 (#51) (#22) – Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

2003 (#52) (#23) – Ararat

2005 (#53) (#24) – The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)

2005 (#54) (#25) – The Triplets of Belleville

2006 (#55) (#26) – C.R.A.Z.Y.

2007 (#56) (#27) –  Bon Cop, Bad Cop

2008 (#57) (#28) – Away From Her

2009 (#58) (#29) –  Passchendaele

2010 (#59) (#30) –  Polytechnique

2011 (#60) (#31) –  Incendies

2012 (#61) (#32) –  Monsieur Lazhar


The Canadian Screen Awards  (2012 – Present)

Best Canadian Film

In 2013, the Academy merged the Genies and the Geminis into one ceremony.

2013 (#62) (#1) – War Witch (Rebelle)

2014 (#63) (#2) – Gabrielle

2015 (#64) (#3) – Mommy

2016 (#65) (#4) – Room

2017 (#66) (#5) – It’s Only the End of the World 

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