An architect by training, Anne-Marie Tougas began working in film and TV as a producer and network manager in 1982. From 1985 to 1993, she helped organize international cultural events. Self-employed since 1993, she switched her focus to the documentary genre in 1996, directing and producing some dozen films. In 1998, she co-directed and produced L’envolée, Rome/Québec, a short film about artist and architect Pierre Thibault that screened at the 1999 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). Artistic creation and expression are integral to her approach to filmmaking. She is particularly interested in humanism, choosing people who embody this value as the subjects of her meaningful, probing documentaries. Raymond Klibansky – De la philosophie à la vie (2002), an impressionistic portrait of the German Jewish philosopher, shadow warrior and humanist who dedicated his life to promoting and personifying tolerance, won the award for best Canadian work at the 2002 FIFA. In 2004, she co-directed and produced over Camille de fil en aiguille, a short impressionist documentary that further explores artistic filmmaking.

She has written, directed and produced her own films (five documentaries to date) since 1998.