Theatrical Feature Entry Form - 73rd Awards

The DGA Awards is our annual opportunity to celebrate outstanding directorial achievement and we welcome your entry. All Feature Film entries that conform to the entry criteria will be placed on the DGA Awards Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Ballot. The DGA will not exclude any eligible Feature Film from consideration.

This award category is open to both DGA and non-DGA Theatrical Feature Film Directors. Please read the following eligibility criteria carefully as it has been modified to better address the impact the pandemic has had on traditional Theatrical Feature Film exhibition during the eligibility period of January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 and to ensure that all eligible Feature Films are included.

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


  1. Theatrical Feature Films Released During the Period of January 1, 2020 - March 16, 2020:
    Theatrical Feature Films that had a traditional commercial theatrical release, or a 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 will automatically be included on the DGA Awards Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Ballot. Directors will NOT be required to submit an entry form for these Feature Films that received traditional theatrical distribution.

  2. Theatrical Feature Films Released During the Period of March 16, 2020 – February 28, 2021:
    All Feature Films produced as a Theatrical Motion Picture under the DGA Basic Agreement will automatically be placed on the DGA Awards Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Ballot, provided they meet one of the following criteria: 1.) The Feature Film 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 2.) The Feature Film had a planned, scheduled or intended theatrical release but instead was released on video-on-demand (pay- per-view or streaming) on a national platform for at least seven (7) consecutive days after March 16, 2020.

    Theatrical Feature Films not produced under the DGA Basic Agreement 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 intended theatrical release but was 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. The director of the Feature Film is required to submit this online entry form. If the Feature Film conforms to the eligibility criteria, the entry will be placed on the DGA Awards Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Ballot.

  3. A feature length film is defined as more than 40 minutes.

  4. International Films that meet the above criteria are also eligible. Non English-language submissions must be subtitled in English.

  5. Re-releases are not eligible.

  6. Animated films are not eligible.

  7. Documentaries are not eligible (in this category).

  8. 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.

Judging Process: All eligible Theatrical Feature Film entries will be placed on a nomination ballot that will be available online to the DGA membership for voting. The five entries that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as the 2020 DGA Theatrical Feature Film Nominees on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. These five nominated entries will then be available online to the DGA membership for voting to select the winner of the 2020 DGA Theatrical Feature Film Award. The winner will be announced at the 73rd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

The DGA permits “For Your Consideration” DVD award screeners and digital links to be sent to DGA members. There is a database coordination fee associated with all Awards mailings. Should the Studio or Distributor wish to send DVDs or links, they are to contact Tim Webber at twebber@dga.org or (310) 289-5378.

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

 


Contact
For questions about eligibility or Awards process:

DGA Awards Office
(310) 289-2038
Awards@dga.org

For assistance with this form:

DGA Web Support (Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 6:00PM PT)
(310) 289-2082
DGAWebSupport@dga.org