AIDC AWARDS

The inaugural AIDC Awards have been established to recognise the outstanding completed works of new Australian documentary and factual content.  

AIDC is now calling for entries across the following categories: 

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY


BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SERIES


BEST DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL SINGLE


BEST SHORT-FORM DOCUMENTARY with a $5,000 cash prize presented by Documentary Australia Foundation.


BEST AUDIO DOCUMENTARY with a $3,000 cash prize presented by AFTRS.


BEST INTERACTIVE/IMMERSIVE DOCUMENTARY with a $3,000 cash prize co-presented by Jumpgate & Deakin University.

AIDC  is also now seeking nominations for the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award. To learn more about this award and how to nominate, please visit the  Stanley Hawes Award webpage.

Submissions for all AIDC Awards, including the Stanley Hawes Award, are now open and will close on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT.

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

AIDC is calling for entries for the AIDC Awards that can meet the following criteria:

Meet the category definitions outlined in the AIDC Awards Submission Guidelines.


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 July 2019 and 1 February 2021. 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 2020 or is registered to attend AIDC 2021. Alternatively, memberships can be purchased prior to submission for $33 (inc. GST) by emailing awards@aidc.com.au.  Please note, this membership does not grant access to the 2021 AIDC Conference.


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 AIDC Awards Submission Guidelines.

JUDGING PROCESS

AIDC is working hard to ensure that each category of the AIDC Awards is assessed by an independent jury of three local and international judges 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.)

Jurors will be announced as part of the Awards Shortlist in mid-February 2021.

PRIZES

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

$5,000 Best Short-Form Documentary Prize, presented by Documentary Australia Foundation 

The $5,000 Best Short-Form Documentary Prize will be presented by Documentary Australia Foundation, an organisation dedicated to amplifying documentaries to inspire action on important social issues. 

$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. 

$3,000 Best Interactive/Immersive Documentary Prize, co-presented by Jumpgate & Deakin University

The $3,000 Best Interactive/Immersive Documentary Prize will be co-presented by Jumpgate & Deakin University in a bid to support the development of new interactive productions and provide opportunities for pathways to exhibition.  

KEY DATES

Submissions are now open for the AIDC Awards. 

REGULAR DEADLINE: Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT 

LATE DEADLINE: Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT 

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Mid-February 2021 

The Awards will be presented at the AIDC Closing Night Party on Wednesday 3 March 2021. All nominees and winners will be invited to attend.  

Further details about the event will be announced closer to the time. 

For complete details, please refer to the AIDC Awards Submission Guidelines.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submitting an entry is simple and can be done via the AIDC Awards portal and paying the submission fee for your category.

SUBMIT HERE to enter the Best Feature Documentary, Best Documentary/Factual Series or Best Documentary/Factual Single category.

REGULAR DEADLINE: Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT
Submission cost $175.00 per entry

LATE DEADLINE: Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT
Submissions cost $250.00 per entry


SUBMIT HERE to enter the Best Short-Form Documentary, Best Audio Documentary or Best Interactive/Immersive Documentary category.

REGULAR DEADLINE: Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT
Submission cost $100.00 per project

LATE DEADLINE: Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT
Submissions cost $200.00 per project

Please note, all submission costs include GST but exclude a 1.5% credit card charge. 

For more information, or if you have any questions about your submission, please contact us at awards@aidc.com.au.

 

LEADING LIGHTS

Were you an AIDC Leading Light recipient at the 2020 conference? If so, AIDC is offering you a 50% discount to submit an entry in the Best Short-Form Documentary category. This discount will be valid across both the regular and late deadline fee. 

For a discount link, or to learn more, please contact jacqueline@aidc.com.au.

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