Documentary Entry Form - 73rd Awards

The DGA Awards is our annual opportunity to celebrate outstanding directorial achievement and we welcome your entry. All Documentary entries that conform to the entry criteria will be placed on the DGA Awards Documentary Nomination Ballot.

Except as otherwise indicated, this Awards category is open to both DGA and non-DGA Documentary directors. Please read the following eligibility criteria carefully as it has been modified to better address the impact the pandemic has had on traditional Documentary Feature Film exhibition during the eligibility period of January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 and to ensure that all eligible Documentary Feature Films and Television entries are included.

You must agree to these rules at the bottom of the page in order to go to the Entry Form.


Feature Documentaries:
  1. Documentary Feature Films Released During the Period of January 1, 2020 - March 16, 2020:
    Documentary Feature Films that had a traditional commercial theatrical release or seven (7) day qualifying run in a Los Angeles or New York based commercial theater chain during the period of January 1, 2020 - March 16, 2020 and meet eligibility requirements will be eligible for submission and included on the DGA Awards Documentary Nomination Ballot.

  2. Documentary Feature Films Released During the Period of March 16, 2020 - February 28, 2021:
    All Documentary Films that had a theatrical release or seven (7) day qualifying run in Los Angeles, New York or other major metropolitan area in the United States (or in the case of international films, their country of origin) or had a planned, scheduled or actual theatrical release but were instead released on video-on-demand (pay-per-view or streaming) on a national platform for seven (7) consecutive days after March 16, 2020 are eligible for entry.
Television Documentaries:
  1. Documentaries that have been broadcast nationally on U.S. television during the period of January 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 are eligible.

  2. Documentaries produced specifically for the internet are eligible, provided they were produced under a DGA Agreement.

  3. Documentaries that are only broadcast locally on television are not eligible.
All Documentary Entries:
  1. Documentaries exhibited prior to 2020 are not eligible.

  2. Length: Entries in this category must be 40 minutes or more in length.

  3. International Submissions: International documentaries are eligible for submission provided they meet the entry criteria. Non English-language submissions must be subtitled in English.

  4. Credit: The director must have exercised all traditional directorial functions in connection with original photography and/or narration and received an on-screen "Directed By" credit.

  5. The Director must provide a secure, password protected HD link of the Documentary, with the following specifications: QuickTime Movie in Apple ProRes, 1920 x 1080. This link will be forwarded to the members of the DGA Awards Documentary Screening Committee and must remain active for the duration of the voting period.

  6. A director may enter only one program in this category.
Entry Deadlines:
  • For eligible Documentaries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, the deadline is: THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2021 by 5:00PM PST.

  • For eligible Documentaries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of January 1, 2021- February 28, 2021, the deadline is: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021 by 5:00PM PST.

  • Entries will not be accepted after the published deadlines.
Judging Process:
  • All eligible Documentary entries will be viewed by a Director Member Documentary Screening Committee that votes by secret ballot. The five entries that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as the 2020 DGA Documentary Director Nominees on Monday, March 8, 2021. The Documentary Screening Committee will then vote by secret ballot to select the winner of the 2020 DGA Documentary Directorial Award. The winner will be announced at the 73rd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Should you have any questions, please contact Awards Administrator Maggie Holmes Awards@dga.org or (310) 289-2038.

 


Contact
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