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

  1. Director Eligibility: Entries must be directed by a DGA member under a DGA Agreement. A Director may enter one program in this category. Entries are accepted only from the Director of the program.

  2. Eligibility: Only Reality Programs that have originally aired on television or were made for streaming services during the period of January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 are eligible. Programs exhibited theatrically prior to television or streaming are not eligible. Reality Programs are nonfiction series or specials. Programs featuring dramatic or variety performances are not eligible. DGA-covered programs produced specifically for streaming services are eligible. Programs that are only broadcast locally are not eligible.

  3. Length: Entries must have a minimum broadcast format length of approximately one-half hour.

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

  5. 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.

    • Entries must have a Deal Memorandum on file with the DGA for the project being submitted.

    • The Director must provide a secure, password protected HD link of the Reality entry, with start and end credits including the “Directed By” credit. A watermark may be included provided it does not obscure the entry. The link must go directly to the entry and should not require additional information to access it beyond the password. This link will be forwarded to the members of the DGA Awards Reality Screening Committee and must remain active for the duration of Awards, ending on Friday, February 17, 2023.

    • All entries must be received in the Awards office by 6:00 P.M. PST, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2022.

  6. Judging Process: Reality Programs entries will be viewed by a Director-Member Nomination Panel which votes by secret ballot. The five entries that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as the 2022 DGA Reality Programs Nominees on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. These five will then be viewed by a Director-Member Blue Ribbon Panel that will, by secret ballot, select the winner of the 2022 DGA Reality Programs Award. The winner will be announced at the 75th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

Should you have any questions, please contact Awards Administrator Maggie Holmes in the DGA Awards Office at or (310) 289-2038.


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DGA Awards Office
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