The BMO Allan King Award for Best Documentary Film is an annual award given by the Toronto Film Critics Association to a film judged by the members of that body to be the year's best documentary film.



Year Winner Director(s) Ref
2002 Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore [1]
Gambling, Gods and LSD Peter Mettler
Standing in the Shadows of Motown Paul Justman
2003 Capturing the Friedmans Andrew Jarecki [2]
2004 The Fog of War Errol Morris [3]
2005 Grizzly Man Werner Herzog [4]
2006 Manufactured Landscapes Jennifer Baichwal [5]
Deliver Us from Evil Amy J. Berg
An Inconvenient Truth Davis Guggenheim
2007 No End in Sight Charles Ferguson [6]
Iraq in Fragments James Longley
My Kid Could Paint That Amir Bar-Lev
2008 Man on Wire James Marsh [7]
Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris
Up the Yangtze Yung Chang
2009 The Cove Louie Psihoyos [8]
Anvil! The Story of Anvil Sacha Gervasi
The Beaches of Agnès Agnès Varda


Year Winner Director(s) Ref
2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop Banksy [9]
Inside Job Charles Ferguson
Marwencol Jeff Malmberg
2011 Nostalgia for the Light Patricio Guzmán [10]
Into the Abyss Werner Herzog
Project Nim James Marsh
2012 Stories We Tell Sarah Polley [11]
The Queen of Versailles Lauren Greenfield
Searching for Sugar Man Malik Bendjelloul
2013 The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer [12]
Leviathan Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Tim's Vermeer Teller
2014 The Overnighters Jesse Moss [13]
Citizenfour Laura Poitras
Manakamana Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
2015 The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer [14]
Amy Asif Kapadia
Listen to Me Marlon Stevan Riley
2016 Cameraperson Kirsten Johnson [15]
Fire at Sea Gianfranco Rosi
The Stairs Hugh Gibson
2017 Faces Places Agnès Varda, JR [16]
Jane Brett Morgen
Kedi Ceyda Torun
2018 Won't You Be My Neighbor? Morgan Neville [17]
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky
Free Solo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
2019 American Factory Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert [18]
Apollo 11 Todd Douglas Miller
The Cave Feras Fayyad


Year Winner Director(s) Ref
2020 Collective Alexander Nanau [19]
American Utopia Spike Lee
Crip Camp Nicole Newnham, James LeBrecht
Time Garrett Bradley
2021 Summer of Soul Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson [20]
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen
The Velvet Underground Todd Haynes
2022 All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Laura Poitras [21]
Fire of Love Sara Dosa
Moonage Daydream Brett Morgen
2023 20 Days in Mariupol Mstyslav Chernov [22]
The Eternal Memory Maite Alberdi
Four Daughters Kaouther Ben Hania
Swan Song Chelsea McMullan


  1. ^ Agnes Poirier, "Toronto critics hail Adaptation". Screen Daily, December 17, 2002.
  2. ^ "Toronto film critics find winner in Translation". The Globe and Mail, December 18, 2003.
  3. ^ "Toronto film critics side with Sideways". Toronto Star, December 16, 2004.
  4. ^ Chris Knight, "Toronto overcome with Violence". National Post, December 21, 2005.
  5. ^ Lee-Anne Goodman, "The Queen rules Toronto critics' awards". Hamilton Spectator, December 21, 2006.
  6. ^ Lee-Anne Goodman, "No Country, Away From Her Toronto critics' top '07 choices". Winnipeg Free Press, December 20, 2007.
  7. ^ Liam Lacey, "Toronto Film Critics choose indie over Hollywood". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 2008.
  8. ^ Chandra Menard, "Toronto Film Critics Announce 2009 Award Winners". BlogTO, December 16, 2009.
  9. ^ Peter Knegt, "“Social Network” Tops San Francisco and Toronto Film Critics’ Awards". IndieWire, December 14, 2010.
  10. ^ Brian D. Johnson, "Toronto critics name 'Tree of Life' Best Picture". Maclean's, December 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Cassandra Szklarski, "'The Master' rules with Toronto film critics, named best film, screenplay". Canadian Press, December 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association awards for 2013". Toronto Star, December 17, 2013.
  13. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto film critics champion Boyhood". Now, December 16, 2014.
  14. ^ Jeremy Kay, "Toronto critics honour 'Carol'". Screen Daily, December 14, 2015.
  15. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto critics bask in the Moonlight". Now, December 12, 2016.
  16. ^ Jim Slotek, "Toronto film critics give best picture thumbs up to The Florida Project". Original Cin, December 10, 2017.
  17. ^ Corey Atad, "Toronto Film Critics Association Names ‘Roma’ Best Picture Of 2018". ET Canada, December 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Radheyan Simonpillai, "Toronto Film Critics Association names Parasite the year’s best movie". Now, December 9, 2019.
  19. ^ Pat Mullen, "Nomadland Leads Toronto Film Critics Association Award Winners". That Shelf, February 8, 2021.
  20. ^ Sarah Curran, "Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Big At Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". ET Canada, January 16, 2022.
  21. ^ Pat Mullen, "Toronto Film Critics Name All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Top Doc". Point of View, January 8, 2023.
  22. ^ Erik Anderson, "Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) Awards: ‘The Zone of Interest’ Wins Best Picture, Director". AwardsWatch, December 17, 2023.