VTNS - Specials 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 Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials. 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 Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials that have originally aired on television or on the Internet during the period of March 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 are eligible. Programs exhibited theatrically prior to television or Internet exhibition are not eligible. Entries may not be an episode of a regularly scheduled series. An extended version of a regularly scheduled program is not a Special and should not be entered in this category. A ‘Breaking News’ segment, which interrupts regular programming, is not eligible. DGA-covered programs produced specifically for the Internet are eligible. Programs that are only broadcast locally (even if available on the Internet) are not eligible.

  3. Length: DGA covered Specials programs produced specifically for the Internet must have a minimum broadcast format length of approximately one-half hour. DGA covered Specials of any broadcast length, produced for television broadcast, basic cable or pay television are eligible.

  4. Credit: The director must have exercised all traditional directorial functions in connection with original photography and/or narration 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.

    • After completing the online entry form, a copy of the episode’s main and end title credits must be submitted to Awards@dga.org. The credits must contain the Director and Directorial team credits. Entries will not be accepted without the program’s credit information.

    • All entries must be received in the Awards office by 6:00 P.M. PST, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021. (Members who direct an “Unscheduled Specials Program” between the December 1, 2021 submission deadline and December 31, 2021 and are unable to submit their entry by the December 1, 2021 deadline, will be permitted to submit their entry for next year’s 75th Annual DGA Awards)

  6. Judging Process: Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials entries will be placed on a nomination ballot that will be available to the DGA membership for voting online, starting Wednesday, December 15, 2021. The five entries that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as the 2021 DGA Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials Award Nominees on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. .

Nominees will be required to immediately provide a secure password protected HD link of the nominated project with the following specifications: QuickTime Movie in Apple ProRes, 1920 x 1080. These five will then be viewed by a Director-Member Blue Ribbon Panel that will, by secret ballot, select the winner of the 2021 DGA Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials Award. The winner will be announced at the 74th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

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


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DGA Awards Office
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