An award-winning actress, Sarah Polley turned to writing and directing with her debut short The Best Day of My Life (1999). Her third short, I Shout Love (2001), won a Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. For her first feature Away from Her (2006), Polley received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Directors Guild of Canada DGC Craft Award and three Genie Awards. She received another Directors Guild of Canada nomination for her second feature Take this Waltz (2011). Stories We Tell marks her documentary debut.