Submissions for the AIDC Awards have now closed. Nominations for the Stanley Hawes Award can be made until 23:59 AEDT Sunday 17 January 2021.

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

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY with a $5,000 cash prize presented by DocPlay.



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.





UPDATE: Submissions for the AIDC Awards have now closed.

Submissions are required to meet the category definitions outlined in the AIDC Awards Submission Guidelines 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 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  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.


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.)

The Awards Shortlist will be announced in mid-February 2021.



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.  


UPDATE: Submissions for the AIDC Awards closed Wednesday 16 December 2020. 

Late entries will not be accepted. Once submitted, entries can no longer be amended. 

Regular closing date: Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT 

Late closing date: Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 23:59 AEDT 

Shortlisted projects notified: Early February 2021 

Awards presentation: Wednesday 3 March 2021For details of submission fees, please refer to the AIDC Awards Guidelines.