Theatrical Feature Film Entry Form

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

This award category is open to both DGA and non-DGA Theatrical Feature Film Directors. Please read the following eligibility criteria carefully.

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 March 1, 2021 – June 14, 2021:
    All Feature Films produced as a Theatrical Motion Picture are eligible for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Film if 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 during the period of March 1, 2021 – June 14, 2021. All Theatrical Feature Films produced under the DGA Basic Agreement will automatically be placed on the nomination ballot. Theatrical Feature Films not produced under the DGA Basic Agreement that did not have a theatrical release but instead were released on video-on-demand (pay-per-view or streaming) as described above will be required to submit the project using the online entry form.

  2. Theatrical Feature Films Released During the Period of June 15, 2021 – December 31, 2021:
    A Theatrical Feature Film that had a theatrical release in a paid admission commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles or New York, was exhibited for at least seven (7) consecutive days and was advertised during its Los Angeles or New York qualifying run in a manner customary to industry practice (which for this Awards season only will include films released simultaneously “day and date” on pay-per-view or streaming platforms), during the period of June 15, 2021 – December 31, 2021 will automatically be included on the DGA Awards Theatrical Feature Film Nomination Ballot. Directors will NOT be required to submit an entry form for Feature Films that received traditional theatrical distribution.

  3. This award category is open to both DGA and non-DGA Theatrical Feature Film directors.

  4. Theatrical Feature Films produced under a DGA Basic Agreement during the eligibility period that do not conform to the eligibility requirements in the Theatrical Feature Film category, may be eligible in the Movies for Television and Limited Series category provided they meet the eligibility criteria for the category.

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

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

  7. Re-releases are not eligible.

  8. Animated films are not eligible.

  9. Documentaries are not eligible.

  10. 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 2021 DGA Theatrical Feature Film Nominees on Thursday, January 27, 2022. The winner will be announced at the 74th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

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 Ashley Alvarez at ashleya@dga.org or (310) 289-2036.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Awards Administrator Maggie Holmes in the DGA Awards office at 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