Stanley Hawes Award

2019 Stanley Hawes Award

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2019 STANLEY HAWES AWARD for contribution to documentary in Australia.

The $5,000 Stanley Hawes Award is presented annually at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian documentary sector.

Nominees can come from all facets of the industry and can be a producer, director, broadcaster, distributor, educator, editor, archivist, cinematographer, sound recordist, or other craftsperson or technical specialist.

The Award was established in 1997 to honour documentary producer and director Stanley Hawes – Producer-in-Chief of the Australian National Film Board and Commonwealth Film Unit from 1946-1969 – and recognises the significant support he gave independent filmmakers in the documentary sector.

The winner of the 2019 Stanley Hawes Award will be announced at the next AIDC, happening 3 - 6  March 2019. 

See below for further information about past winners, nominee selection criteria, and the award voting process.

Previous Winners

2018 - Curtis Levy

2017 - Brian Beaton (posthumous)

2016 - Sonya Pemberton

2015 - Pauline Clague

2014 - Chris Hilton

2013 - Documentary Australia Foundation

2012 - Julia Overton

2011 - Rachel Perkins

2010 - Tom Zubrycki

2009 - Bob Connolly

2008 - David Bradbury

2007 - Michael Gissing

2006 - John Hughes

2005 - CAAMA

2004 - Robin Hughes

2003 - Steward Young

2001 - Pat Fiske

1999 - John Heyer

Selection Criteria

  • Nominees must be nominated by a current AIDC member.
  • Nominees may be a producer, director, editor, cinematographer, sound recordist, presenter, facilitator, educator, broadcaster, distributor, commissioning editor or any profession deemed significant within the non-fiction screen sector.
  • Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian documentary, factual and / or unscripted screen sector for at least 10 years.
  • The award recognizes entrepreneurship and vision as reflected by the nominee's body of work or their contribution to the screen sector.
  • Nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

​Nomination / Voting Process

  • Nominations are emailed in the form of a written statement (200 words max) to
  • The 2019 deadline for nominations is Friday 7 December 2018.
  • These nominations are reviewed by the AIDC board and put to a secret ballot. The votes are then tallied on a preferential voting system.
  • The winner is advised within enough time so that they can prepare travel arrangements to the next AIDC event.
  • The winner is invited to present a keynote address to all delegates at the AIDC event.
  • The winner is awarded $5,000 and a trophy at the AIDC event.