First-Time Feature Film 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 of a First-Time Feature Film Director. 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 first-time feature film directors. Entries are accepted only from the director of the feature film.

  2. Eligibility:
    • A feature length film is defined as more than 40 minutes.
    • The film must be released in a paid admission commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles or New York during the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
    • The film must be theatrically exhibited for at least seven (7) consecutive days and be advertised and exploited during its Los Angeles or New York qualifying run in a manner customary to industry practice.
    • Feature Films that are exhibited theatrically and exhibited or distributed simultaneously on any other platforms are eligible.
    • Foreign Films that meet the above criteria are also eligible. Non English-language submissions must be subtitled in English.
    • If a director directed a prior feature film that went straight to DVD, VOD, or television he or she would be eligible to enter in this category.
    • First-time co-directors are eligible.
    • The director is eligible to be nominated or to win either the DGA Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director Award and/or the DGA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film Award, provided the film meets the eligibility criteria for each category.

    The following precludes a director from awards consideration in this category:
    • If a director directed a prior feature film that went straight to DVD, VOD, or television he or she would be eligible to enter in this category. If that same feature film received foreign theatrical distribution, it would preclude the director from being eligible to enter for this award.
    • If a director was a co-director (or one of multiple directors) on a previous feature film it would preclude the director from being eligible to enter for this award.
    • If a director has directed more than one film that has been released theatrically in a foreign market, it would preclude the director from being eligible to enter for this award.
    • Feature films exhibited or distributed on free television, a pay cable service, Internet, DVD or any other format or delivery system in the continental United States prior to theatrical release are not eligible.
    • Re-releases are not eligible.
    • Animated films are not eligible.
    • Documentaries are not eligible in this category.

  3. Credit: The director must have exercised all traditional theatrical feature film directorial functions in connection with original photography and received an on-screen "Directed By" credit.

  4. 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 submit a completed entry form and a secure, password protected digital link of the First-Time Feature Film. This link will be forwarded to the members of the First-Time Feature Film Screening Committee and must remain active for the duration of the voting period.
  5. Deadline for receipt of all First-Time Feature Film entry forms and HD link submissions are as follows:
    • For eligible First-Time Feature Films with a commercial theatrical release during the period of January 1 through September 30, 2019: The deadline is Friday, October 4, 2019 by 6:00PM PST
    • For eligible First-Time Feature Films with a commercial theatrical release 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.

  6. Judging Process: All eligible First-Time Feature Film entries will be viewed by a Director Member Panel that votes by secret ballot. The five entries that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as the 2019 DGA First-Time Feature Film Director Nominees on January 7, 2020. These five nominated entries will then be reviewed by the Director Member Panel that will, by secret ballot, select the winner of the 2019 DGA First-Time Feature Film 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 (310) 289-2038 or by e-mail at Awards@dga.org.

 


Contact
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DGA Awards Office
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Awards@dga.org

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