DGA Awards Documentary Award Entry Form

The DGA Awards celebrates outstanding directorial achievement and we welcome your entry. Here are the Awards guidelines and entry form for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. You must agree to these rules at the bottom of the page in order to go to the Entry Form.

  1. Director Eligibility: This award category is open to both DGA and non-DGA directors. A director may enter only one program in this category. Entries are accepted only from the director of the documentary.

  2. Eligibility: Documentaries that have received a U.S. commercial theatrical release, have been broadcast nationally on U.S. television, or have been made available on a commercial website during the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 are eligible. Documentaries produced specifically for the internet are eligible, however, they must be DGA-covered under a DGA agreement. Documentaries that are only broadcast locally on television are not eligible. Documentaries exhibited prior to 2019 are not eligible.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. Entry Requirements:
    • The Director must submit a completed DGA Awards entry form. A confirmation e-mail will be sent upon receipt of the entry form.
    • 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.
  7. Deadlines for receipt of all Documentary Entry Forms and HD link submissions are as follows:
    • For eligible Documentaries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of January 1 through September 30, 2019: The deadline is Friday, October 4, 2019 by 6:00PM PST
    • For eligible Documentaries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of October 1 through December 31, 2019: The deadline is Monday, November 4, 2019 by 6:00PM PST
    • Entries will not be accepted after the published deadlines.
  8. 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 2019 DGA Documentary Director Nominees on Monday, January 6, 2020. The Documentary Screening Committee will then vote by secret ballot to select the winner of the 2019 DGA Documentary Directorial Award. The winner will be announced at the 72nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Should you have any questions or do not have access to an HD link and would like to send DVDs with your entry, please contact the Awards Administrator Maggie Holmes in the DGA Awards Office at Awards@dga.org or (310) 289-2038.


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DGA Awards Office
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