Entries for the 2020 awards will be accepted from 1st of April.

About the Grierson Awards

The Grierson Awards, also known at The British Documentary Awards, commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.

Established in 1972, the Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

We are officially closed for entries for the 2020 British Documentary Awards. Thank you to all who entered! After a 15.5% increase on submissions from last year, our industry reviewers are now attentively watching all entries, ready for us to announce the shortlist on Thursday 23 July.

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The Grierson Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of 10 November 2020 at the Southbank Centre, London. Booking will open for the tickets to the ceremony at the beginning of September.

Duplicates of the Grierson Award trophy may be purchased by winning programme makers and broadcasters at £250 each (+ VAT and P&P); duplicates of certificates for winning and nominated films may be purchased at £30 each (+ VAT). Download an order form here.

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