2022 AIDC AWARDS

The AIDC Awards were established in 2021 to recognise the outstanding completed works of new Australian documentary and factual content across six categories.


Submissions for the 2022 AIDC Awards are now open. Regular Fee applies to entries received until 23:59 AEDT Wednesday 8 December, 2021. Late Fee applies after this date. Entries close at 23:59 AEDT Wednesday 15 December 2021.

Nominations for the Stanley Hawes Award can be made until 23:59 AEDT Sunday 16 January 2022

The 2022 AIDC Awards now seeks submissions of completed new Australian documentary and factual work across the following categories. Click a category to open the submission form. Please note, if you don’t already have one, you will be required to create a MyAIDC account in order to make a submission. To find out more about creating a MyAIDC account visit our FAQs:

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
$175 AUD (until 8 December 2021) | $250 AUD (9-15 December 2021)


BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SERIES
$175 AUD (until 8 December 2021) | $250 AUD (9-15 December 2021)


BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SINGLE
$175 AUD (until 8 December 2021) | $250 AUD (9-15 December 2021)


BEST SHORT-FORM DOCUMENTARY
$100 AUD (until 8 December 2021) | $200 AUD (9-15 December 2021)


BEST AUDIO DOCUMENTARY with a $3,000 cash prize presented by AFTRS.
$100 AUD (until 8 December 2021) | $200 AUD (9-15 December 2021)


BEST INTERACTIVE/IMMERSIVE DOCUMENTARY
$100 AUD (until 8 December 2021) | $200 AUD (9-15 December 2021)

 

Look back at our 2021 AIDC Award Nominees and Winners

 

 

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Submissions for the 2022 AIDC Awards are now open.

Submissions are required to meet the category definitions outlined in the 2022 AIDC Awards Submission Guide and to adhere to the below requirements:


  • Pay the submission fee for the category in which you are entering (see the HOW TO SUBMIT section for more information).

  • Be able to demonstrate a public release – which is considered a premiere in Australia – between 1 February 2021 and 1 February 2022. AIDC will make exceptions for all entries whose release dates have been affected by COVID-19. Entries that have had an international premiere within these dates but which have not yet premiered in Australia are also eligible. 

  • Show that at least one key creative (producer, director, writer) on the production is an AIDC member. An AIDC member is anyone who attended AIDC 2021 or is registered to attend AIDC 2022.  To become a member visit AIDC Membership 

  • Demonstrate one Australian citizen or permanent resident as a key creative. Submissions can include official and unofficial co-productions, including projects that are 100 per cent foreign-funded.

For full eligibility criteria, as well as a definition of each AIDC Award,  please refer to the 2022 AIDC Awards Submission Guide.

JUDGING PROCESS

Each category of the 2022 AIDC Awards is assessed by an independent jury who are experts in their field.

Jurors for all categories will deliberate across the following criteria: 

      • Originality of the subject
      • Creative treatment of the subject
      • Quality of the storytelling (including emotional engagement)
      • Integration of craft & technical elements (editing, sound, design, etc.)

Entries to long-from categories including Best Feature Documentary, Best Documentary/Factual Series or Best Documentary/Factual Single will be shortlisted by an AIDC appointed pre-selection committee.

Pre-selection committee members will provide a shortlist for each category which will then be viewed by the Judging Panel from each category. 

The Awards Shortlist will be announced in mid-February 2022.

MEET THE 2021 JURY

PRIZES

In addition to receiving an AIDC Awards trophy, winners across selected categories will also receive prizes presented by AIDC partners.  

$3,000 Best Audio Documentary Prize, presented by AFTRS.

The $3,000 Best Audio Documentary Prize will be presented by AFTRS, Australia’s national Film, Television and Radio School working towards empowering Australian talent to shape and share their stories with the world by delivering the most future-focused education, research and training. 

 

Stay tuned for more prize announcements in the coming weeks.

 

KEY DATES

Late entries will not be accepted. Once submitted, entries cannot be amended. 

Regular closing date: Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 23:59 AEDT 

Late closing date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 23:59 AEDT 

Shortlisted projects notified: Early February 2022 

Awards presentation: Wednesday 9 March 2022. For details of submission fees, please refer to the 2022 AIDC Awards Submission Guide.

 

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