Documentary Entry Form

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

Except as otherwise indicated, this Awards category is open to both DGA and non-DGA Documentary 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.


Feature Documentaries
  1. Documentary Feature Films Released During the Period of March 1, 2021 – June 14, 2021:
    All Documentary Films 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 actual theatrical release but were instead released on video-on-demand (pay-per-view or streaming) on a national platform during the period of March 1 – June 14, 2021 are eligible for entry. The director of the Documentary Feature Film will be required to submit the project using the online entry form.

  2. Documentary Feature Films Released During the Period of June 15, 2021 – December 31, 2021:
    Documentary Feature Films that had a traditional commercial theatrical release or seven (7) day qualifying run in a Los Angeles or New York based commercial theater chain during the period of June 15 – December 31, 2021 and meets eligibility requirements will be eligible for submission and included on the DGA Awards Documentary Nomination Ballot. The Director of the Documentary will be required to submit the project using the online entry form. Documentaries that were exhibited theatrically and simultaneously released on video-on-demand (pay-per-view or streaming) on a national platform during the period of June 15, 2021 – December 31, 2021 are eligible.
Television Documentaries:
  1. Documentaries that have been broadcast nationally on U.S. television during the period of March 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 are eligible.

  2. Documentaries produced specifically for the internet are eligible, provided they were produced under a DGA Agreement.

  3. Documentaries that are only broadcast locally on television are not eligible.
All Documentary Entries:
  1. Documentaries exhibited prior to March 1, 2021 are not eligible.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. A director may enter only one program in this category.
Entry Deadlines:
  • For eligible Documentaries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of March 1, 2021 through June 14, 2021, the deadline is: Friday, October 22, 2021 by 6:00 PM PST.

  • • For eligible Documentaries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of June 15, 2021 through December 31, 2021, the deadline is: Monday, November 8, 2021 by 6:00 PM PST.

  • The Director must submit a completed DGA Awards online 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.
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 2021 DGA Documentary Director Nominees on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. The Documentary Screening Committee will then vote by secret ballot to select the winner of the 2021 DGA Documentary Directorial Award. The winner will be announced at the 74th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

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

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DGA Web Support (Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 6:00PM PT)
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