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Australian Directors Guild Awards move to December

Another awards show makes the move amid COVID saga, but plans for an in-person event in December.

Another awards show has moved due to the current restrictions in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Australian Directors Guild has announced that the 40th anniversary ADG Awards have moved from October 22 to Friday December 3.

The Awards will be held live, in person and socially distanced at the Actor’s Centre in Leichhardt.

“The Australian production industry deserves a celebration of our talent and resilience and the ADG Awards in this, our 40th year, will be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together to acknowledge the brilliant work of our directors and their creative collaborators,” says ADG Executive Director Alaric McAusland.

An additional submission period has been added and entries can now also be made between September 27 and October 1.

This year submissions are invited across 20 categories. The ADG is welcoming any new eligible entries and particularly encouraging new submissions in the following categories =- Best Direction in TV or SVOD Drama Serial Episode, Best Direction in an Interactive or Immersive Title and Best Direction in an Animation Project.

Any Australian Directors’ Guild member can submit for the ADG Awards. The judging panels are drawn from ADG’s Full Members. The ADG also offers a discounted Associate Membership.

To submit and for a full list of the 2021 award categories across a wide range of genres and formats as well as for eligibility criteria head here: adg.awardsplatform.com.

Judging across the ADG Awards categories will take place in October, with nominees to be announced in November.

The Awards will be announced at a Gala Luncheon which will also be live streamed nationally and internationally, following the success of last year’s presentation, which was live streamed only, due to Covid restrictions.

A special 1st AD Award will be presented posthumously to the brilliant and much-loved 1st AD JC Clabburn who passed away under tragic circumstances earlier this year.

The ADG Awards recognise excellence in the craft and art of directing, as well as honouring individual contributions by Australian screen directors to the screen industry. The Awards are the only opportunity for Australian directors and their work to be acknowledged by their directing peers. The Awards cover the breadth of screen directing with categories across feature film, documentary, television, subscription video on demand, commercial, short film, animation, online, music video and interactive media.

The ADG takes the opportunity to extend its sincere thanks to its award sponsors for their extraordinary commitment in supporting last year’s Covid-impacted event and their continued support for this year, in particular our Principal Partner ASDACS, our Major Partner Media Super and our Government Supporters Screen NSW and Screen Australia

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