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, factual or unscripted screen sector.
Nominees can come from anywhere in Australia and from any facet of the industry. Eligibility includes (but is not limited to) producers, directors, broadcasters, distributors, educators, editors, archivists, cinematographers, impact producers, sound recordists, and other craftspersons and technical specialists
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.
See below for further information about past winners, nominee selection criteria, and the award voting process.
2019 James Bradley
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
2004 Robin Hughes
2003 Stewart Young
2001 Pat Fiske
1999 John Heyer
1997 Graham Chase
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 recognises 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.
Nominations are emailed in the form of a written statement (200 words max) to [email protected].
The deadline for 2020 nominations is Friday 13 December 2019.
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.